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Published November 21, 2013, 08:04 PM

ND Water Commission plan changes how much money is contributed to water projects

The North Dakota State Water Commission is changing how much money it contributes to water projects, including flood prevention efforts in the Lake Region. The commission and local water officials say the changes will largely benefit the area.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

The North Dakota State Water Commission is changing how much money it contributes to water projects, including flood prevention efforts in the Lake Region. The commission and local water officials say the changes will largely benefit the area.

The water commission says there will be winners and losers with this new plan, but the goal is the make the distribution of money for water projects more fair. Water commission reps met with area water officials to discuss the proposed changes Thursday in Devils Lake.

The new plan will change what percentage of the cost the state will cover for various projects, ranging from flood recovery and prevention programs to improving drinking water supplies. The state will also start paying up to 35 percent of engineering costs on water projects, which didn't used to be covered. Area water officials say the new changes should make it easier to fight flood waters.

The water commission also urged local water agencies to submit their project proposals by next summer. The new cost-share plan should be in place by the start of 2015.

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