Senators Jon Tester and John Walsh announced that the city of Libby will be receiving nearly $8 million in federal assistance to help replace the Flower Creek Dam.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a $3.2 million loan and a $4.7 million grant to help pay for the project.
"This is a great example of tax dollars being put to their best use," said Tester - who urged the USDA to approve the grant. "The Flower Creek Dam is the only water source for the community of Libby and it's rapidly deteriorating. This project is critical to health, safety and economic development in Lincoln County."
"The families of Lincoln County can thank the strong leadership and tireless work ethic of their community leaders who addressed this problem head on," said Walsh. "The replacement of the Flower Creek Dam will critically improve the water quality for local residents, bring good-paying jobs to Northwest Montana, and address public safety."
These Rural Development funds will enable the city to construct a new dam which will be located 85 feet below the existing dam. The project will serve more than 2,600 residents.
Tester and Walsh both met with Lincoln County Commissioners back in June to discuss this project.