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Associated Press, Published January 12 2011

ND public given more time to comment on proposed Lake Sakakawea water charge

BISMARCK (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers is giving the public more time to comment on a proposal to charge water users for surplus water drawn from Lake Sakakawea.

The plan has been criticized by state and tribal officials and others in North Dakota. Gov. Jack Dalrymple recently called it "ridiculous."

Corps project manager Larry Janis cites "a significant amount of public interest" as a reason for extending the public comment period by 15 days. People will now have through Feb. 1 to voice their opinions.

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Online:

Draft report: www.nwo.usace.army.mil/html/pd-p/review_plans.html

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Online:

www.nwo.usace.army.mil/html/pd-p/review_plans.html

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.