Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Lt. Gov. Matt Michels toured the new $24 million wastewater treatment plant built to serve Ellsworth Air Force Base and the city of Box Elder.
On Thursday, Sept. 11, the pair joined Box Elder Mayor William F. Griffiths and South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority Executive Director Scott Landguth to tour the plant which began operations in July.
The development authority owns the plant and contracts with the Air Force base and the city of Box Elder, then uses those payments to pay down bonds. The project includes a five-mile line from the Air Force base to the plant.
The plant is one of the development authority's major projects after the South Dakota Legislature created the authority in 2009 with the mission to make South Dakota a good place for Ellsworth Air Force Base to operate.
Read more about the Ellsworth Development Authority online and read more about Ellsworth AFB on the Black Hills Knowledge Network.