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Forum staff reports, Published February 22 2013

Dalrymple pushes for water supply project

BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Friday urged federal officials to support a proposed project that would augment water supplies in Fargo and other Red River communities during times of prolonged drought.

Dalrymple met with officials of the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation to seek support of the Red River Water Supply Project, which would transfer Missouri River water to the Red River.

The project, following eight years of study, was designated in 2007 the preferred project to meet the valley’s growing water needs. It since has languished, failing to get the final OK from the Bush or Obama administrations.

“Residents and businesses in the Red River Valley are currently dependent on the Red River and its tributaries, a limited water source vulnerable to regional drought,” Dalrymple said in a statement. “The Red River Valley’s economy and population continue to grow and we must address the region’s long-term needs for a reliable and high-quality water supply.”