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Associated Press, Published June 30 2011

North Dakota senators announce river study group

BISMARCK — North Dakota Sens. John Hoeven and Kent Conrad say they've started a Missouri River Working Group that will examine flood control on the Missouri River and the impact on local communities.

Flooding has been prevalent along the Missouri River this year because the Army Corps of Engineers is discharging record amounts of water from the reservoirs to handle upstream runoff from rain and mountain snowmelt.

The bipartisan group is scheduled to have its first meeting in July. The senators say it will work to address issues related to flood control, examine the best ways to protect people and property, and find ways to avoid similar flooding.


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