Red River water supply project gets the go aheadGrand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- A major water supply project in the valley is getting the green light.
By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- A major water supply project in the valley is getting the green light.
Environmental impact studies are done and permits are assigned for the Red River Valley Water Supply project. The desired plan by advocates would pump water through pipes from the Missouri River all the way to Lake Ashtabula.
The water would sit there until needed in the valley. But advocates say the project hit a snag, putting blame on the political season and the Army Corps of engineers.
Rep. Curt Kreun says, "Bureau of reclamation and core of engineers are blocking these kinds of things, they let us go through the process do all the work, show that it's a workable project--it's a viable project, it's a good project, and then they sit on it and don't let us implement it."
Grand Forks City Engineer, Al Grasser, says, "If we stay in a real dry phase I think the sense of urgency is going to rachet up very very quickly."
City leaders say the project is vital for future growth and infrastructure projects.