The Lewis & Clark Regional Water System wants $48 million in state bonding money this year to extend its pipeline project to Worthington - a city that says the water is vital to its economic development. But the request, included in Gov. Mark Dayton's bonding proposal , isn't an all-or-nothing proposition for the multi-year, $577 million project, which delivers Missouri River water to parched towns in Iowa, South Dakota and - eventually - southwestern Minnesota.
Pregnant women, women who are nursing and those who have infants can pick up a vouchers for free gallons of water at grocery stores in Adrian. "You can actually just grab a jug from up here and then you take it and just set it underneath and you just hold the button.
A drinking water crisis in the small town of Adrian, Minn., this spring is highlighting Minnesota's larger problem with farm chemicals polluting wells and surface water. Located just 18 miles west of Worthington - where Gov. Mark Dayton is scheduled to talk Thursday about requiring farm buffer strips to clean up Minnesota streams, rivers and lakes - Adrian is one of eight Minnesota communities relying on special equipment to treat water with excessive nitrate levels in municipal wells.