A special supper to promote local foods is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at the Bowdon Community Center, 121 Warrington Ave., in Bowdon.
“We’re looking for folks in a five-county area who are interested in developing and implementing a local foods initiative in central North Dakota,” said Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson. “It will be an opportunity to learn more about the local foods movement and what you can do to promote it.”
The Forest Service is taking public comments through Wednesday on a project to plug about 25 abandoned water wells in Slope, Golden Valley and Billings counties.
“Since 1997, we’ve had a watershed program on Dakota Prairie Grasslands, and going in and plugging these old wells that were part of the early homestead days and some of the nonfunctional wells on the grasslands,” said Kevin Sullivan, the project leader. “We do it to protect the aquifer from any contamination.”
A new law that forces owners of abandoned North Dakota oil wells — some more than 50 years old — to clean up their sites has worked so well that in less than a year, most wells it targeted are compliant or well on their way, a state official said.
By Janell Cole, N.D. Capitol Bureau
, July 21, 2008
Though ranchers want rain, the hot, sunny weather has been helping some of them get water to cattle in remote pastures.
Velva-based Verendrye Electric Cooperative started installing solar-powered pasture well systems for its members in 1991, after about 10 years of studying the idea.
With the city’s water well system completed, the City Council’s Public Works Committee started discussion on the next two phases of water treatment improvements.
One phase would create a new transmission line from the city’s water treatment plant storage tank to the Porter Brothers water storage facility. The Porter Brothers storage tank serves northeast James-town. The cost of adding the 20-inch line was estimated at about $2.6 million. Randy Pope of Interstate Engineering said one of the problems with getting water to the facility is that the present 18-inch line from the plant is not large enough.
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