The state engineer leading the study of flood protection along the Mouse River in the US says his goal is to bring together information from all types of flood protection ideas to develop a comprehensive plan.
Tim Fay of the North Dakota State Water Commission told commission members at their meeting this week that it's important for the commission to fund the second phase of study of the Mouse River.
The first phase involved flood protection for areas from Burlington through Velva and was presented at the end of February.
Now, the water commission has approved another 1-point-8 million dollars for studying flood protection for the rest of the river in the US.
Fay says the information is critical to forming an overall flood protection plan.
And he says the plan will be best-formulated by bringing in information from all areas - better water management, more water storage, and enhanced levee systems.
(Time Fay, ND State Water Commission Engineer) "It's my goal governor after you get some of things settled down and get on the track to identify all the people working on hydraulics and hydrology, the flood plain people, the Corps and their different studies, and our engineering team and some of the other players and get them into a room and sit them down around a table and just talk engineering and make sure we all understand what each is doing; coordinate as much as possible, share work as much as possible, and make sure we have a clear message to the public when we're done."
Fay made the comments to the governor Wednesday during the regular meeting of the State Water Commission in Bismarck.
Governor Dalrymple is the chairman of the commission.