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Published December 07, 2013, 02:04 PM

Water projects bill will authorize Fargo diversion

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is poised to finally allow a Red River diversion project to go ahead. Now all it will have to do is pay for it.

By: HENRY C. JACKSON, Associated Press, WDAY

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is poised to finally allow a Red River diversion project to go ahead. Now all it will have to do is pay for it.

House and Senate negotiators are trying to thrash out a compromise on dueling water projects bills. Both authorize about $800 million in federal funds for the diversion. Supporters have sought the diversion to relieve flooding in the Fargo area, which has been threatened by flooding in four of the last five years.

But authorization is only half the equation. After it passes a unified water projects bill, Congress will have to pass separate legislation that funds the diversion.

North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven says authorization is a key first step but he says that the delegation will have to work to ensure full federal funding.

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