The Minnesota Public Facilities Authority (PFA) approved $4.15 million in state funding for water infrastructure projects in the central Minnesota communities of Eagle Bend and Clear Lake-Clearwater. “Aging water and sewer systems throughout Greater Minnesota desperately need updates, especially with new state and federal standards designed to protect our waterways,” said Shawntera Hardy, who chairs the PFA board and is commissioner of DEED. “This funding will protect local waters and ensure the health and safety of residents in Eagle Bend and Clear Lake-Clearwater.” Clear Lake-Clearwater will receive $1.2 million to make improvements to a wastewater treatment plant that they share. The project received a special legislative appropriation of $900,000 from the general fund and $300,000 in state bonding. Local funding will contribute another $625,000 to the project. Clear Lake is located in Sherburne County and has a population of 545 people. Clearwater is located in Wright County and has a population of 1,735. The Minnesota Public Facilities Authority provides financing and technical assistance to help communities build and maintain infrastructure that protects public health and the environment and promotes economic growth. Since inception in 1987, the PFA has financed $4.5 billion in public infrastructure projects in communities throughout Minnesota.