Governor Jay Nixon announced Friday that state money will be used to keep a major heartland project on-track. The governor met with local leaders in Milan Friday morning about the proposed 2,200 acre East Locust Creek water reservoir. His office provided two Million dollars to the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission to buy property for the proposed site. Another two million will be added once the land acquisition is complete for a total of four million dollars.
Nixon says the reservoir is critically important to the area. "First of all this is an area that has water problems every year this will solve those water problems and make sure people can drink and you can develop strong industry and it'll also help agriculture significantly by having that guaranteed long term water source," Nixon said.
The reservoir will be able to provide seven million gallons of water per day and serve a ten county region.