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F-M Diversion Money Left out of Federal Budget Proposal

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President Obama's budget does not contain any money for the proposed Red River Diversion.

Those close to the project say they're disappointed, but they say it may not spell the end of the nearly $2 billion project.

State lawmakers have wrestled over the idea of state funding, while members of the F-M Diversion project are trying to move forward. The project, once completed, would include a 35-mile long channel protecting one in five North Dakotans from flooding.

Depending on federal authorization and funding, it could still be years before construction gets started, giving planners time to improve and refine the project. Planning has been underway for about four years.



Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement in response to President Obama's failure to include funding for the Fargo-Moorhead diversion project in his fiscal year 2014 budget.



"We learned today that President Obama included no funding provision for the Fargo-Moorhead diversion project in his budget for the next fiscal year. This omission in the president's budget is clearly unfortunate, since it will make our task of securing the federal share of project funding harder. Prior to the president's decision, the Army Corps of Engineers included construction of the diversion project in its Chief's Report, and further, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted to authorize it in the new Water Resources Development Act.  

"We will continue to work toward securing authorization and continued funding for the project in Congress and hope to get authorization in the full Senate within the next two months.

"It makes more sense, in both dollars and human terms, to find a permanent solution to Fargo-Moorhead's flood risk than it is does to mount an almost annual flood fight. We will also continue to work on all levels – local, state and federal – for broad support, and we will continue to make an aggressive case for permanent flood protection in Congress."

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