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Published April 26, 2013, 02:35 PM

Diversion legislation set for discussion in ND Senate

North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven says the federal legislation that includes authorization for a Red River diversion project should reach the Senate in a week or so. The 36-mile channel would move water around Fargo and would protect the metropolitan area in times of serious flooding.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven says the federal legislation that includes authorization for a Red River diversion project should reach the Senate in a week or so.

The 36-mile channel would move water around Fargo and would protect the metropolitan area in times of serious flooding. Cost is nearly $2 billion.

The project would be approved as part of the Water Resources Development Act. It would still need to go before the U.S. House.

Authorization means construction can begin, but the federal funding will need to be appropriated each year to cover the cost of construction, which is shared by local, state and federal governments.

Hoeven says once the project is approved, it will be easier to secure funding at least for 2014.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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