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Published November 06, 2012, 09:04 AM

New Red River dam at Drayton subject of meeting

DRAYTON, N.D. (AP) — A public meeting is set Nov. 15 in the northeastern North Dakota town of Drayton on a $9.3 million proposal for a new dam on the Red River.

DRAYTON, N.D. (AP) — A public meeting is set Nov. 15 in the northeastern North Dakota town of Drayton on a $9.3 million proposal for a new dam on the Red River.

The project is tied into the proposed river diversion in the Fargo area. The design and review process is to be completed by June but construction can't begin until Congress authorizes money for the $2 billion diversion.

The current Drayton dam was built in 1964 to supply water for a nearby sugar beet plant and for the city. The Grand Forks Herald reports that at least 10 people have drowned at the dam and a replacement has been discussed for years.

A new dam would include a passage for fish, and it would create a permanent pool of water for Drayton.

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