Souris River Joint Board look to Army Core of Engineers for funding

MINOT, N.D. - The federal government intends to provide more funding for the Maple Diversion part of Minot's flood protection plan according to the Souris River Joint Board.

The board updated the Ward County Commissioners on the plan Tuesday morning.

The Army Corps of Engineers had originally planned to fund half of the height of the Maple Diversion levees, leaving local spending to cover the rest.

But after a new study, Washington now plans to fund the full height at 27,500 csf.

“So there will be an increased amount of federal dollars that could come into the project, and that's going to reduce our local share and eliminate our obligation to essentially add on to those levees,” said Souris River Joint Board administrator Ryan Ackerman.

The project and funds still need to be authorized and appropriated in Washington, which should happen sometime this year.