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ND awaits detailed proposal on fee for Lake Sakakawea, Lake Oahe water

October 9, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

FARGO North Dakota water officials still are waiting to see details of a federal proposal they vigorously oppose a so-called storage fee for water drawn from Lake Sakakawea or Lake Oahe. Continue Reading

Dunn County plans recreation area lease extension with Corps

July 12, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

MANNING Dunn County plans to extend its lease with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Little Missouri Bay Recreation Area. Before going ahead with any additional plans for the area, the County Commission will discuss plans with officials in Dunn Center, which is south of the recreation area. Continue Reading

US Senate votes to ban fees for Missouri River water

May 15, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

FARGO A proposal to charge for water in Missouri River reservoirs would be banned under legislation passed Wednesday by the U.S. Senate. The States’ Water Rights Act, sponsored by Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and John Thune, R-S.D., easily passed the Senate in a voice vote. Continue Reading

Army Corps plans Missouri River reduction

November 13, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

ST. LOUIS The Army Corps of Engineers will proceed with plans to reduce the flow from an upper Missouri River reservoir despite concerns that it will worsen low-water problems on the Mississippi River, officials told The Associated Press Tuesday. Continue Reading

Ken Royse, Bismarck, column: Fight the Corps’ Missouri River money grab

August 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

It does not matter if the issue is flood control, water supply or lake access. If we don’t pay attention to federal management of our river and reservoirs and if we don’t offer our opinions and comments on federal programs and support our state leadership on such issues, then we cannot expect our interests to be protected. Continue Reading

Corps pulls lease for Lake Sakakawea Girl Scouts camp

May 14, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The Girl Scouts will lose a lease for a summer camp facility northwest of Pick City, N.D., on Lake Sakakawea at the end of this year. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will terminate the lease for the 210-acre site because the camp is rarely used by Girl Scouts and more often by people who shouldn’t be using it. Continue Reading

Feds file suit against East Grand Forks contractor

March 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The complaint says R.J. Zavoral and Sons mislead the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Corps and the U.S. Small Business Administration on a portion of East Grand Forks’ flood-control project. The firm allegedly partnered with a minority-owned firm to acquire the contract, but did most of the work itself, contradicting the conditions of the contract. Continue Reading

New Missouri River management plan: No additional flood-storage space

January 6, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been criticized by people living all along the river because of the way it managed last year’s flood that caused $630 million damage to flood-control structures and covered hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland along the 2,341-mile-long river for months. Continue Reading

2011 floods give power generation at Missouri River dams a boost

January 5, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

High water levels that caused record flooding along the Missouri River in 2011 did bring a small consolation: Electric power generation from the river’s six upstream dams was above average for the first time in a dozen years. Continue Reading

Congress could take up F-M diversion project next year but hurdles remain

December 20, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The fate of the Red River diversion project shifts to the hands of Congress now that top leadership at the Army Corps of Engineers has approved a three-year feasibility study. The long-awaited signature from Acting Corps Chief Maj. Gen. Merdith W.B. Temple was announced Tuesday, clearing a key hurdle that allows Congress to consider the project as early as next year. Continue Reading

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