Duluthians love the outdoors and know we need to take care of our environment. I want to lead the effort to convert our aging steam plan into a state of the art, biomass facility. Duluth can again be a leader in environmental sustainability and environmental economic development. As your legislator, I voted to provide $1.5 million for cleaning up the beautiful St. Louis River. I hope that someday the St. Louis River corridor will be a place that harbors environmentally friendly business and industry. Finally, in 2011 the City of Duluth received financing in the amounts of $1,772,756 and $1,605,655 from the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority to assist the City of Duluth in the reconstruction of the sewer system in the Riverside neighborhood. This money, in the form of grants and low interest loans will be used to ensure clean drinking water for the citizens of Duluth and that the St. Louis River area continues to recover from decades of pollution.
Because this money was secured for Duluth when it was, our taxpayers will save an estimated $215,000 in interest costs. Preserving our environment and creating clean drinking water, while saving our taxpayers money is something that is very important to me!