Three years after record flooding along the Mouse River in North Dakota, the effort to review and improve management rules for the Souris-Mouse River system is creeping along, waiting for money.
Federal governments in Canada and the United States have not decided on funding to move ahead on what's called the "plan of study" for the management manual that dictates how the river is managed.
Today, the International Souris River Board held its semi-annual working meeting and discussed the plan of study.
The plan has been submitted to the International Joint Commission, or I-J-C, that oversees the ISRB.
And the I-J-C has made official requests to the governments in Washington and Ottawa for funding, but those requests are still pending.
ISRB Chairman Russell Boals says there is a growing desire among board members to find methods of moving the study process forward, even without full funding from the federal governments.
(Russell Boals, ISRB Chairman) "There is a real desire - it's been three years since the 2011 flood. It's been a long process to develop a plan of study, it's been with the I.J.C. who have moved it to the governments for at least a year now, and we're getting some signals that there is some funding coming but it's still uncertain is what I'm hearing. So I believe the board is anxious now to move forward within the framework of what the board can do with the funds that are available to it still."
The ISRB meets twice per year - once in the US and once in Canada - to discuss issues of importance to the river system.
The Mouse River crested three years ago today in Minot in flooding that forced at least ten thousand people from their homes and caused major damage to more than 25-hundred homes in Minot.