A permanent pipeline out of Rice Lake is taking a step forward.
The State Water Commission has agreed to a 60 percent cost share leaving a 2.2 million dollar share to the residents of Rice Lake.
That was the highlighted topic of discussion this morning at the Rice Lake Annual Meeting.
Chairman Bob Hargrave says it was a great turnout and seemed to be well received.
The board will move forward with easements and environmental studies - and Rice Lake residents will have opportunities to voice opinions on the special assessments required to move forward.
Tentatively, the ground breaking for the new pipeline should be next spring and water will be pumped from Rice Lake into a Lake Sakakawea run off pattern starting in September of 2013.
If approved, the special assessment tax could be collected for 15 to 30 years for the 2.2 million dollar cost share.