Water access may be coming to Blue Mounds State Park
LUVERNE — Gov.
Mark Dayton’s recent signature on a state bonding bill should pave the way for Blue Mounds State Park in Luverne to get access to a new water source, but a question remains: how long will it take?
This is the fourth summer visitors to the state park will have to rely on bottled water for drinking, cooking and handwashing — and use of the Luverne Aquatic and Fitness Center for showers — since E. coli bacteria was first discovered in the park’s water system in late May 2014.
On its website, the state park notes showers and sinks will not be turned on, and advises RV campers to fill their freshwater tanks at fill stations in Luverne or Pipestone.
Minnesota State Parks and Trails Southern Regional Manager Kathy Dummer said Thursday that water access to the park is a high priority for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), but she doesn’t know how it ranks in the scope of all of the bonding projects that exist.
The bonding bill included $15 million for the Minnesota DNR, which Dummer noted was less than half of the governor’s request, for asset preservation projects across the state.
The state park has been in talks with Rock Rapids, Iowa-based DGR Engineering as its water woes continued, and the plan — once funding becomes available — is to connect the state park to Rock County Rural Water (RCRW), which runs approximately three miles “as the crow flies” southwest of the park, said RCRW Manager Brent Hoffmann.
“It depends what we find for rock once we get to the state park,” he said.
Dummer said the DNR will continue to work with RCRW to coordinate the water delivery project and develop a construction timeline.
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