The future of the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Plan may rest on figuring out the best way to find funding.
That's what North Dakota Senator John Hoeven told a group of people from various cities and counties along the Mouse River today.
The senator said it will be important to figure out a way to break up the estimated 820-million dollar project into smaller pieces to get the federal and state governments to pitch in what will be needed.
(Sen. John Hoeven, (R) North Dakota) "Let's kind of line the whole works up, identify what they are and see how many different funding sources we can go after."
Hoeven said there is another round of Community Development Block Grant money becoming available soon that may be able to help put a dent in the large price tag of flood protection.
He says most of a billion dollars will be up for grabs among groups around the country that can show how the funds will help them recover from disasters.
(Sen. John Hoeven, (R) North Dakota) "It's a national competition for the dollars based on the project that we put forward for ongoing flood protection and flood mitigation. So this is one of those efforts where our creativity is going to be important in getting dollars."
Members of the group meeting with Hoeven said one of the most important things they hear from the public is the need to get going with some sort of protection or river management change to protect the valley from future floods.