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Published April 06, 2010, 11:23 AM

Rep. Peterson: Retention options should be in place before diversion project

Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson says he would like to see retention projects in place by the time a flood diversion project is completed.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

He toured some of Moorhead's flood impacted areas today.

He says some retention options could come through separate USDA project funding. Peterson says making the president's budget will be difficult, unless we increase the federal government's return on investment.

“If you don't make that we're in a position to have to earmark this every year. We'll get this authorized but if we don't get in the president's budget it's going to be a heavy lift to find 70 million dollars a year.”

Moorhead officials say the estimated federal share of the project cost is 560 million dollars, over the next 8 years.