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Water Commission Supports Flood Plan

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The multi-county group that is taking the lead on developing and implementing a new flood control plan for the Mouse River Valley is getting state help to hire a full time worker.

The North Dakota Water Commission voted today to give 200-thousand dollars to the Souris River Joint Board to hire a project manager.

David Ashley of the joint board says a manager is needed now because the flood project is entering a very busy stage.

There are many engineering and planning details to be worked out while also deciding how best to pursue funding for the 800-million dollar project.

(David Ashley, Souris River Joint Board) "It transpires through four counties, the city of Minot and all its multiple phases, five other municipal entities, and a lot of rural aspects that need to be looked at. So we're going to need someone in place to do that done plus it just takes a lot of organizational materials to get all of this together in this project."

Ashley says the joint board is also considering exercising its authority to be funded from each of the four counties where the river runs - Renville, Ward, McHenry, and Bottineau.

(David Ashley, Souris River Joint Board) "Every county is going to be a recipient of the benefits of this project so we're going to have to look at getting assistance from each of the counties in order to fund the necessary oversight on this project."

Ashley says such a levy would provide more funds for the administration and planning of the flood protection plan. He says the local and state funds will be important to building the flood control project, but the federal share will make or break the plan - and that federal funding must be approved each year by Congress.

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