WASHINGTON -  U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tina Smith (D-MN) announced that the House of Representatives passed legislation that included $500,000 in funding for a project to help preserve the historic water tower in Brainerd. The bill now goes to the Senate for final passage. 

“Brainerd's water tower is a landmark, and last summer I stopped by the site with Brainerd Mayor Dave Badeaux and other city leaders to discuss the city's preservation efforts. Now that the federal grant for this project has been secured, the city will finally be able to make the necessary upgrades to preserve the tower," said Klobuchar. 

“Water systems are an essential part of our infrastructure, and the historic Brainerd Water Tower represents an important piece of the community's local history,” said Smith. “This water tower is deteriorating, and this project would help to preserve and restore this landmark in the Brainerd community.”  

Klobuchar and Smith have been actively involved in securing this federal funding for projects benefiting communities across the state through a process called “Congressionally Directed Spending” (CDS). During the CDS process, Klobuchar and Smith have considered project proposals and advocated for funding in close coordination with leaders from across the state.