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Who Pays for Flood Control?

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Protecting the Mouse River Valley from future flooding is an expensive proposition.

The Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Plan is estimated to cost 820-million dollars, and that's only for protection from Burlington to Velva plus Mouse River Park.

Currently, the plan calls for spending tens of millions of dollars each year for the next dozen years.

But there's no plan for exactly where the money will come from.

Minot Public Works Director Dan Jonasson says the standard cost share calls for the local group to pay 25% of the total cost.

(Dan Jonasson, Minot Public Works Director) "It's enormous. If you look at an $820 million project, 25% cost share, you still have $205 million that somebody has to come up with for the local share. "

Jonasson was in Bismarck this week to meet with water project officials from around the state.

He says his hope is that the State Water Commission will consider looking at major flood control projects in a different way from smaller water projects around the state.

(Dan Jonasson, Minot Public Works Director) "Take these large projects like Fargo Flood Protection, Minot Flood Protection, NAWS, Red River Diversion, and treat them on a case by case basis because we know there's going to be a lot of political lobbying when it comes to what the cost share is going to be so it's best maybe to single out those huge projects."

Jonasson says the city of Minot will be making comments to the State Water Commission over the next several weeks while the commission considers re-vamping its formulas and rules for cost sharing on water projects in the state.

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