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Associated Press, Published August 24 2010

Dorgan wants U.S., Canada to talk on water issues

North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan is calling for negotiations between the United States and Canada on water and flood control issues.

Dorgan's proposal calls for talks to be held in Washington, D.C., in late September. He says the meeting should include representatives from the two countries, as well as officials from North Dakota and Manitoba.

Canadian officials worry about the possibility of harmful organisms coming into Manitoba from a Missouri River pipeline and a Devils Lake outlet.

Dorgan says the meeting should also try to resolve a dispute about a road on the Manitoba side of the border that North Dakota officials say is used as a dike.

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