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Management Changes Still Being Discussed

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A North Dakota senator and the governor are asking for a new urgency in re-working management rules for the Souris-Mouse River.

Governor Jack Dalrymple and Senator John Hoeven sent a letter to members of the International Joint Commission, the group that oversees the International Souris River Board which manages the river.

They asked for an update on the effort to revise the operations manual that is the framework for flood control efforts.

Senator Hoeven said it's well past due for a new study of the river, with an eye on better flow management and flood protection.

State Water Commissioner Todd Sando is a co-chairman of the ISRB and says it's difficult to put up with the slow pace of change.

(Todd Sando, ND Water Commissioner) "It is frustrating, we'd like to get this moving along because we're approaching three years since the flood and we've worked hard together as the International Souris River Board and taken it to the I.J.C. and the I.J.C. has gotten it into the governments' hands now and we've just been waiting for the governments to give the OK to move forward with the study."

The Governor told the group the state of North Dakota is willing to help fund the effort at new management rules.

Meanwhile, the effort to study management of the river system is awaiting funding decisions in Washington and Ottawa.

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