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Published February 27, 2013, 06:34 PM

The North Dakota house approves restrictions on Fargo flood money

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The North Dakota House has passed the state water commission's budget.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The North Dakota House has passed the state water commission's budget, with Al Carlson's amendments, that focus on restrictions for Fargo flood projects, including the diversion.

The bill limits how state money can used. Representative Bob Skarphol says no public funds will be used to buy homes or build ring dikes.

The bill gives $100 million dollars to raise flood protection to a river stage of 42-and-a-half feet. Skarphol says he doesn't believe it's in the state's best interest to spend money on a project that may not happen. There is also wording in the bill "forcing" the federal government to be involved.

Rep. Bob Skarpol says, "if we are going to have a larger diversion project, there must be federal participation. the pressure is on the Feds to come forward with the money that is needed to do this or its not going to happen. The state is not going to fund the entire project."

Some Fargo officials have say they're concerned the restrictions could kill

the diversion plan.

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