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ND Water Commission approves funds for water supply, Grand Forks treatment plant projects

BISMARCK - The State Water Commission approved $17 million for a pipeline to bring Missouri River water to the eastern North Dakota during times of drought Wednesday, Aug. 24.The state Legislature set aside $30 million this session for the projec...

“The Pioneer Family” stands in front of the North Dakota State Capitol on July 14, 2016, in Bismarck. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service
“The Pioneer Family” stands in front of the North Dakota State Capitol on July 14, 2016, in Bismarck. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service
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BISMARCK - The State Water Commission approved $17 million for a pipeline to bring Missouri River water to the eastern North Dakota during times of drought Wednesday, Aug. 24.

The state Legislature set aside $30 million this session for the project, which is expected to cost about $1 billion. Lawmakers said $17 million of that is to be used to complete the planning and permitting process.

Meanwhile, the commission approved $30 million for a new water treatment plant in Grand Forks, which is already under construction. City Council member Ken Vein expects the plant to be online in 2020.

In a budget bill passed in 2015, the lawmakers said it was their intent to provide half of the funding for the plant, with a $30 million grant last biennium and another $30 million this two-year funding cycle.

"This is the last large chunk of money necessarily," Vein said. "It's good to know we have that commitment up front."

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