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Forum staff reports, Published September 30 2010

Meeting to address border water issues

Officials from North Dakota, Manitoba, the U.S. and Canada will gather in Washington, D.C., next week to discuss water policy conflicts along the international border.

In August, North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan called on the U.S. and Canadian ambassadors to agree to such a meeting in order to address long-standing disputes along the border.

Dorgan announced Wednesday that formal talks have been scheduled for Oct. 7-8.

Officials planning to attend include Dorgan, Sen. Kent Conrad, Rep. Earl Pomeroy, North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven, Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. Gary Doer, U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Jacobson and Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger.

Previously, Dorgan said the issues needing discussion included the threat of an uncontrolled water spill from Devils Lake; the Northwest Area Water Supply rural water project in northwestern North Dakota; and the dispute over a dike Canada erected on the border near Pembina, N.D.