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Published April 02 2010

Corps to request approval of North Dakota diversion

ST. PAUL – Acting on a request from Fargo and Moorhead, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday it will request permission from the Assistant Secretary of the Army-Civil Works to proceed with a 35,000-cubic-feet-per-second North Dakota diversion.

The corps is required to recommend an alternate plan with the greatest net economic benefit unless the assistant secretary grants an exception, according to a news release from the corps.

The corps has identified a Minnesota diversion as the most cost-effective option, and federal funds for the project cannot exceed 65 percent of the cost for the Minnesota diversion.