Central N.D. water projects get the OK for greater water flows

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The Bureau of Reclamation has completed an environmental assessment (EA) of the Central North Dakota Water Supply Project.and released a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).

So what does that mean, exactly?

The opportunity for greater water flow to areas in south central North Dakota to help with industrial development and community water needs.

“The Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact were completed to address a request from the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District for 20 cfs of industrial water from the McClusky Canal for use by communities in the Missouri River Basin,” said Arden Freitag, Area Manager for Reclamation’s Dakotas Area Office.

The current  industrial water allocations were too small to support future industrial development within the region. The Central North Dakota Water Supply Project will provide a reliable water supply source for industrial needs to the Stutsman Rural Water District, Jamestown, Carrington, the Central Plains Water District, Tuttle and the South Central Regional Water District, all in central North Dakota.

“These communities have determined a need for industrial water that cannot be met by existing supplies. A supplemental water supply is necessary for continued growth and industrial development in the region,” said Freitag.

You can read the full news release here and the environmental assessment here.

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