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Senate Passes Water Resources Act

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The U.S. Senate has now joined the House in passing the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which is extremely important to North Dakota.

It authorizes $846 million in federal funding for the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project, which would move flood waters outside of the cities and away from homes.

Fargo and Cass County voters have already approved sale tax increases in order to pay the local share of the project.

"We all know there needs to be a water resources commitment to diversion in the Fargo area, and that needs to be a regional solution that everybody can agree on.  If we can agree throughout the region, I think we have a better shot of getting appropriations," says Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.

Heitkamp says the bill, which now goes to President Obama, also blocks the federal government from charging for the use of surplus water from reservoirs along the Missouri River, including Lake Sakakawea and Lake Oahe.
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