Gov. Nixon releases final funds for East Locust Creek Reservoir Project

East Locust Creek Reservoir Map

Millions more in state money is headed for a Heartland project.

Governor Jay Nixon has released the final $2 million for the East Locust Creek Reservoir Project. The reservoir will serve 10 counties in northeast Missouri, providing seven million gallons of water a day.

The money will be used by the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission to buy property.

State Representative Nate Walker of Kirksville told us he's excited to keep the project going.

"I worked with the commission over there at Unionville and Sullivan County. I worked with other legislators throughout north Missouri and we were able to get the money put in the budget and then when the governor had to make his withholdings, he did not veto the money, but he withheld them, and then releasing the first two million and now this two million, that's just real important. I feel good about that, but I donâ??t take all the credit because a lot of other people helped too,â?? said Walker.

Walker also said the governor called to tell him the news. Nixon is supportive of the project, believing it's important to all of northeast Missouri.