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River Managers Want Input

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The group that manages the Souris-Mouse River system is looking for your comment on possible changes to the operating plan for the river.

The International Souris River Board is reviewing the "rule book" that governs the management of the river, following the historic flooding of 2011.

Next week, the ISRB is holding a public meeting in Minot to take comments about what it calls the "plan of study" for the 1989 management manual that lays out exactly how the river is to be operated.

The "plan of study" is a set of guidelines that lays out what areas of the management system will be studied for possible changes to improve river management.

The co-chairman of the ISRB says the "plan of study" proposes looking at all areas of river operations.

(Russell Boals, ISRB Co-Chairman) "It's a fairly detailed review of the 1989 agreement but also the plan of study that's being proposed could look at something greater than is in the 1989 agreement. It's the beginning of a long process. It takes some time but the rigor that's in the process insures a really good result at the end and an engagement of a number of various parties in the particular study itself."

You can be a part of that study by attending the public meeting on the Souris-Mouse River management plan next week.

It's on Wednesday, March 20th at 2:30 at the Grand International in Minot.

You'll be able to look at the "plan of study" and make comments on the plan that will shape the future management of the Mouse River through the US.

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