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Published January 28, 2013, 04:37 PM

Buffalo aquifer benefits Moorhead but not Fargo

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- A Minnesota law will help Moorhead, but may leave Fargo without water if a severe drought hits.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- A Minnesota law will help Moorhead, but may leave Fargo without water if a severe drought hits.

The city of Moorhead has plenty of ground water stored up in the buffalo aquifer to get through a multi-year drought, should one hit. But laws in Minnesota prohibit Moorhead city leaders from importing or exporting water to cities across state lines, including Fargo.

Without great rain or snowfall yet this season, the lack of water is reason to worry.

Moorhead Mayor, Mark Voxland, says, "it really hinders us from cooperating, which is really too bad because one of the big things has been how do we partner with our neighbors and this seems to slow us down a little bit."

The buffalo aquifer has enough water stored to serve Moorhead and Dilworth for the next ten years.

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