La Crosse receives federal funding to update water infrastructure

La Crosse’s water infrastructure is getting a financial boost to improve outdated systems while promoting business growth.

The $3.6 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration will focus on La Crosse’s north watershed. The money will be used to update and redevelop 3 storm water lift stations at Taylor, Rose and Monitor streets.

The City says each of those locations are outdated and fail to meet safety standards.

“We rely primarily on our local levy dollars, our local utility funds and occasionally we’ll look for maybe some others, whether it’s TIF dollars. The fact that we’ve got federal monies coming here is a very significant thing indeed,” said La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat.

City leaders hope the improvements will better protect current homes and businesses while drawing more development to La Crosse’s north side.