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Best Wishes, Ernie!

May 15, 2018

ND Water - May 2018

Ernie Mathias retired in April after 21 years of service to the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion). Mathias was an operations and maintenance specialist working at the Oakes Test Area (OTA) in Oakes, N.D. He was responsible for maintenance of the system – keeping the pumping plants up and running, canals full, and gates working.

Mathias has a long history with the OTA, as he began working with the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) in 1969. During the 1980s, he was a drainage investigator and construction inspector for Reclamation working at the OTA. After several more years with Reclamation, Mathias’ employment transferred from Reclamation to Garrison Diversion in 1997, where he finished his career in 2018.

“This was a good job for me,” says Mathias. “We all enjoyed working together, and I enjoyed the work I did.”

Now that he’s retired, Ernie Mathias and his wife, Carol, can spend more time with their three children, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. They enjoy following the kids’ sporting activities. Mathias enjoys fishing, and they plan to split their time between their lake home and their home in Oakes and anticipate some traveling in the upcoming years.

“Ernie, your service to Garrison Diversion is appreciated, and all of us here at Garrison Diversion wish you a healthy, happy retirement,” says General Manager Duane DeKrey.

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Red River Valley Water Supply Project

May 15, 2018

ND Water Magazine - May 2018

A drought is a period of below-average precipitation in a given region that results in extended shortages in the water supply, whether atmospheric, surface water, or ground water. A drought can last for months or years and results in economic, environmental, and societal impacts. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, drought is the second leading phenomenon of weather related economic impacts. Beyond direct economic impacts, drought can threaten drinking water supplies and ecosystems and can even contribute to increased food prices.

In 2017, serious drought conditions were prevalent across much of North Dakota. As of March 27, 2018, the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that 90% of North Dakota is abnormally dry, with nearly 50% of the state sitting in a moderate drought. Studies show a severe drought, similar to that of the 1930s drought, will likely repeat by the year 2050. It’s not a matter of if, but a matter of when we will face the challenges a drought presents to the region and our state. The Red River Valley Water Supply Project (RRVWSP) is a plan to protect central and eastern North Dakota from drought’s devastating effects.

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Job Announcement - Operation and Maintenance Specialist I

May 10, 2018

Garrison Diversion Conservancy District in Oakes, ND, is hiring for a full-time/seasonal Operation and Maintenance Specialist worker. The position will perform semi-skilled and skilled maintenance duties, operate machinery and requires a valid Class D North Dakota driver’s license, with the ability to obtain a Class B. Competitive pay and a seasonal benefit package. Application deadline is May 31, 2018.

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Red River Valley Water Supply Project Attracts National Attention

May 3, 2018

News Release -

(May 3, 2018) The Red River Valley Water Supply Project (RRVWSP), a North Dakota supplemental water supply project, is attracting national attention.  Organizers of prominent national water conferences are reaching out to Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion), the state sponsor of the RRVWSP, to request presentations about the drought mitigation project. 

So far this spring, Duane DeKrey, Garrison Diversion General Manager, has presented at the Blueprint 2025 2X Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C., and the National Rural Water Association’s Environmental Finance Center Forum in Casper, Wyoming. 

According to CG/LA Infrastructure, a Washington, D.C., based consulting firm, the RRVWSP is recognized as one of the top 50 strategic infrastructure projects in the U.S., a designation that earned DeKrey the invitation to speak in D.C.  The conference focused on educating public and private sector attendees from around the world about innovative American projects. 

“Drought has been a problem in North Dakota, and it will continue to be a long-term threat here and across the U.S.  There is great national interest right now in finding creative, cost-effective drought solutions.  I’m happy to share information about the Red River Valley Water Supply Project to help others who also face drought concerns,” says DeKrey. 

At the National Rural Water Association forum, DeKrey shared information about how the RRVWSP is being funded.  So far, 35 cities and rural water systems are committed to help fund the development portion of the project, which includes conceptual engineering, phased preliminary engineering, and financial modeling.  The project is also slated to receive up to $30 million from the North Dakota State Water Commission’s budget for the 2017-2019 biennium.  Of the $30 million grant, $17 million will be directed towards planning and permitting, while the remaining $13 million is to initiate construction.

“The Red River Valley Water Supply Project will not only provide drought relief, it will also open up industrial development opportunities.  Our community and water system partners recognize the opportunities this project will create, and they chose to invest in it to safeguard their future,” says DeKrey.  “We are thankful to be in North Dakota where our Legislature recognizes the importance of funding water projects.  Projects in other states may not receive that type of support from lawmakers.” 

Currently, the RRVWSP engineering team is wrapping up the project’s preliminary design.  The goal is to begin phased bidding and construction of the RRVWSP in 2019.

About the RRVWSP
The RRVWSP is a plan to safeguard water for North Dakota communities and rural water districts in times of drought, as well as promote industrial development.  The project will use a buried water pipeline to carry water from the Missouri River along Highway 200 to the Sheyenne River to provide a supplemental water supply to users in central and eastern North Dakota.

The communities and water systems involved with the RRVWSP include the Cities of Carrington, Cooperstown, Devils Lake, East Grand Forks, Fargo which includes service to West Fargo, Forman, Grafton, Grand Forks, Hannaford, Hillsboro, Langdon, Larimore, Lisbon, Mayville, McVille, Park River, Tuttle, Valley City, and Wahpeton; as well as the Agassiz Water Users District, Barnes Rural Water District, Cass Rural Water Users District, Central Plains Water District, Dakota Rural Water District, Grand Forks-Traill Water District, Greater Ramsey Water District, McLean-Sheridan Rural Water, Northeast Regional Water District, Richland County Job Development Authority, South Central Regional Water District, Southeast Water Users District, Stutsman Rural Water District/Jamestown, Traill Rural Water Users, Inc., Tri-County Rural Water District, and Walsh Rural Water District. 

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New Rockford Canal Public Hay Auction

April 26, 2018

NEW ROCKFORD CANAL PUBLIC HAY AUCTION
JUNE 12, 2018 - 3 P.M. CENTRAL TIME
at the
GDCD Operation and Maintenance Office
205 3rd Street SE, New Rockford, ND

If you are attending the hay auction, please bring the specs with you.

For additional information, please select “More” below.

These parcels of land are being hayed to remove litter, stimulate new grass growth and assist with Garrison Diversion Conservancy District’s (Garrison Diversion) weed control program. The intent is to include these parcels into a haying rotation where each parcel is hayed for two successive seasons and rested for two. An annual public auction will be held through a competitive bidding process. The highest bidder for each tract will be issued a one-year Mow Permit for the current year.

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McClusky Canal Public Hay Auction

April 26, 2018

McCLUSKY CANAL PUBLIC HAY AUCTION
JUNE 12, 2018 - 10 A.M. CENTRAL TIME
at the
GDCD Operation and Maintenance Office
210 Highway 200 NE, McClusky, ND

If you are attending the hay auction, please bring the Specs & Table document with you.

These parcels of land are being hayed to remove litter, stimulate new grass growth and assist with Garrison Diversion Conservancy District’s (Garrison Diversion) weed control program. The intent is to include these parcels into a haying rotation where each parcel is hayed for two successive seasons and rested for four. An annual public auction will be held through a competitive bidding process. The highest bidder for each tract will be issued a one-year Mow Permit for the current year.

There are 34 individual parcels to be bid and hayed separately. There are approximately 1,443 total acres total being offered for bid. Minimum field size is 8.1 acres, and the maximum field size is 86 acres.

If you have any questions on field boundaries, access to fields or removal of bales, please call our office between 7am and 5pm at 363-2950 or Sue Stein at 527-4593 or 363-2429 (after hours).

Please see “More” for additional information, including specs and maps.

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Garrison Diversion Reps Meet With ND Congressional Delegation about MR&I Funding

April 25, 2018

News Release - Garrison Diversion Reps Meet With ND Congressional Delegation about MR&I Funding
(April 25, 2018) Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion) sent representatives to Washington D.C. this month to meet with North Dakota’s congressional delegation.  Duane DeKrey, Garrison Diversion General Manager, and Merri Mooridian, Garrison Diversion Administrative Officer, traveled with Garrison Diversion Directors from Eddy, Grand Forks, Ransom, and Ward Counties to the nation’s capital.

The group met with Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, as well as Representative Kevin Cramer’s staff about the ongoing importance of the Municipal, Rural and Industrial (MR&I) Water Supply Program.  Garrison Diversion helps bring North Dakota communities a high-quality, reliable water source using federal MR&I funds.  There is currently no MR&I funding in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2019. 

“MR&I funding is very important to Garrison Diversion because it funds projects that deliver drinking water to homes, businesses, farms, and Tribes across the state.  This is an important source of funding for water projects in North Dakota.  We hope that it is ultimately included in the FY19 budget,” says DeKrey. 

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Garrison Diversion Supports Municipal, Rural and Industrial Water Supply Initiatives Across ND

April 20, 2018

ND Water Article

The statewide Municipal, Rural and Industrial (MR&I water supply program enables North Dakota communities and rural water systems to bring a clean and reliable water supply to residents, farms, schools, and businesses. Access to a sustainable supply of quality water can make or break small towns and family farms. As the fiscal agent for the Federal MR&I program, the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion), along with the State Water Commission, helps expand MR&I water supplies in North Dakota. Together, they are responsible for administering the Federal MR&I program. The program has $400 million authorized in federal funding, which helps water systems deliver quality water to homes, businesses, and farms across North Dakota.

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT - O&M Specialist I

April 2, 2018

Garrison Diversion Conservancy District in McClusky, ND, is hiring for a full-time Operation and Maintenance Specialist worker. The position will perform semi-skilled and skilled maintenance duties, operate machinery and requires a Class A North Dakota driver’s license. Competitive pay and full benefit package.

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Women in Water - ND Water

March 26, 2018

March ND Water
International Women’s Day is observed worldwide on March 8. To mark the holiday championing women’s rights and celebrating women’s achievements, North Dakota Water is sharing the success stories of some of the hardworking women of North Dakota’s water industry.

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New Accountant Joins Garrison Diversion

March 12, 2018

Annie Howard is settling into her new accountant position at the Carrington Headquarters office. She was hired to fill the position at the Carrington office left when the long-time accountant retired. Annie will oversee accounts payable and receivables and process the payroll for the district.

Annie was born and raised on a ranch in Minnewauken and received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Minot State University. As she comes to Garrison Diversion with an extensive background in business management, Annie will be a major asset to the accounting department.

Annie worked with public assistance and hazard mitigation for Spirit Lake Emergency Management in 2009, which in turn led to a position with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). With FEMA, Annie helped with individual assistance and hazard mitigation as she was deployed to multiple disaster areas, including Hurricane Sandy in New York.

“As I begin in this position, I understand there is much to learn about each facet of Garrison Diversion,” says Annie. “I hope to take advantage of each opportunity I’m given to learn and grow within the organization.” Annie commutes from Sheyenne, where she also serves on the Sheyenne Water Board. Her hobbies include horses, cooking, and volunteer work.

“We are thankful to have Annie on board at the office,” says Duane DeKrey. “Her strong business background after working with multiple agencies in various capacities will largely benefit Garrison Diversion.”

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Garrison Diversion Elects Executive Committee Members

March 12, 2018

ND Water - March 2018

The Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion) held elections for the Executive Committee at their quarterly board meeting. Dave Anderson, Pierce County, and Bill Krivarchka, Traill County, were re-elected to the Executive Committee and Nancy Marquart, Nelson County, was elected for a two-year term.

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An Impressive 40 Years of Service

March 12, 2018

ND Water - March 2018
General Manager Homer Engelhorn hired Julee Erdmann in 1978 to serve as a secretary for the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion). Her dedication to the job carried her to an impressive 40 years of service with the district when she retired in January 2018.

When Julee began her employment with Garrison Diversion, she was a part-time employee performing administrative duties such as sorting and distributing mail, filing and typing the Diversion Digest, a newsletter distributed by Garrison Diversion. She continued at parttime,
enjoying the ability to work in the mornings and be home with her children in the afternoons.

She worked for many managers throughout the years–each with their own management style, which always took some time to get used to. Some that come to mind are Homer Engelhorn, Alvin Kramer, C. Emerson Murray, Warren Jamison, Dave Koland, and most recently
Duane DeKrey.

“I have a lot of good memories of working at Garrison Diversion as I look back over the years,” says Julee. “I enjoyed the hustle and bustle of meeting days at the office and the rapport developed with the board members.”

The culture of the workplace evolved over time as did the methods of communication and performing job duties. The biggest changes Julee recalls are based around technology which automated and simplified many processes throughout her tenure. From typewriters to computers and cell phones and everything in between, technology evolved the work place.

Julee is most enjoying her flexible schedule and taking the time to spend her days as she pleases. She resides in Carrington with her husband, Tom. Their two grown children are also members of the community.

“Forty years is an impressive feat this day in age, and we are grateful to Julee for her service to our organization,” says General Manager Duane DeKrey. “We wish you the very best as you enjoy your retirement!”

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Garrison Diversion Fills Accounting Position

January 31, 2018

News Release

CARRINGTON, ND (January 31, 2018) – The Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion) hired Annie Howard to fill the open Accountant position at the Carrington office. Annie will oversee accounts payable and receivables and process the payroll for the district.

Annie was born and raised on a ranch in Minnewauken and received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Minot State University. She comes to Garrison Diversion with an extensive background in business management and will be an asset to the accounting department.

“We are thankful to have Annie on board at the office,” says Duane DeKrey.  “Her strong business background after working with multiple agencies in various capacities will largely benefit Garrison Diversion.”

Annie commutes from Sheyenne, where she also serves on the Sheyenne Water Board.

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Garrison Diversion Elects Executive Committee Members

January 31, 2018

News Release
CARRINGTON, ND (January 31, 2018) - The Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion) held elections for the Executive Committee at their quarterly board meeting. Dave Anderson, Pierce County and Bill Krivarchka, Traill County were re-elected to the Executive Committee and Nancy Marquart, Nelson County, was elected for a two-year term.

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Award Winners Recognized

January 24, 2018

ND Water - January 2018

The 28-member board of the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion) is special for a few reasons. First, the diversity of the members provides a solid base of thinkers and doers. From the large group come farmers and ranchers, city and county commissioners, bankers, doctors, mayors, engineers, and more. Second, each of the individuals puts forth their best effort in representing Garrison Diversion and water interests across the state, which takes time and dedication above and beyond their already
full schedules. Their committed service does not go unnoticed.

This year, at the 54th Annual North Dakota Joint Water Convention and Irrigation Workshop, two of Garrison Diversion’s longtime board members were honored for their service and dedication to North Dakota’s water industry. Norman Haak, Dickey County, was inducted into the North Dakota Water Users Association (NDWUA) Hall of Fame, and Steve Metzger, Foster County, was honored with the Water Wheel Award.

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Meeting Notice - Board of Directors

January 9, 2018

GARRISON DIVERSION CONSERVANCY DISTRICT
NOTICE OF MEETING
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

DATE: January 12, 2018
TIME:    9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
PLACE:  Garrison Diversion Conservancy District
          401 Highway 281 NE
          Carrington, North Dakota

The regular quarterly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District will be held on January 12 at the district headquarters in Carrington. Agenda items include:

I. Officers Reports
II. Committee Reports
III. Financial Report
IV. MR&I Report
V. Bureau of Reclamation Report
VI. McClusky Canal Update
VII. Red River Valley Water Supply Project Update
VIII. 2017 GDCD Accomplishments
IX. 2018 GDCD Work Plan
X. General Manager’s Report
XI. Election of Executive Committee Members
XII. Other

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Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee

December 29, 2017

GARRISON DIVERSION CONSERVANCY DISTRICT
NOTICE OF MEETING
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE


DATE: Thursday, January 11, 2018
TIME: 7:30 PM
PLACE: Garrison Diversion Conservancy District
Carrington, ND

A meeting of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will be held as indicated above. 

Agenda items include:

1. Irrigation Update
2. 2018 Ag Committee Work Plan & Budget
3. Oakes Irrigation Research Site Update
4. Other Business

Sincerely,

Kip Kovar
Secretary

KK/las

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Meeting Notice - Public Relations Committee

December 29, 2017

GARRISON DIVERSION CONSERVANCY DISTRICT

NOTICE OF MEETING
PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE

DATE: Thursday, January 11, 2018
TIME: 8:00 P.M.
PLACE: Garrison Diversion Conservancy District
401 Highway 281 NE, Carrington, North Dakota

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss Garrison Diversion’s public relations matters.

Sincerely,
Kimberly Cook
Secretary

KC/las

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Garrison Diversion O&M Staff: The Lifeline of GDU Facilities

December 14, 2017

ND Water - December 2017

The hardworking members of the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion) Operations and Maintenance (O&M) crew labor year-round to keep the Principal Supply Works of the Garrison Diversion Unit (GDU) facilities in good working condition.

Garrison Diversion maintains O&M employees at four locations – Carrington, New Rockford, Oakes, and McClusky. The staff includes a professional engineer, master electrician, certified diesel mechanic, painting and coating specialists, vegetative management specialists, and multiple heavy equipment operators. In addition, the majority of full-time O&M employees have a CDL (commercial driver’s license). A safety coordinator promotes safety procedures and implements a comprehensive safety program to ensure a safe work environment for all employees.

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Contract Review Committee

November 29, 2017

NOTICE OF MEETING
CONTRACT REVIEW COMMITTEE

DATE: November 30, 2017
TIME: 10:00 AM
PLACE: Garrison Diversion Headquarters
          Carrington, North Dakota

There will be a meeting of the Contract Review Committee as indicated above.
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the guidelines and direction of the committee.

Sincerely,

Duane DeKrey
Secretary

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McClusky Canal Irrigation

November 17, 2017

ND Water - November 2017

As the warm, dry summer months persisted, farmers in western and central North Dakota watched as their crops withered, and the outlook for production grew more dismal. Unless, however, they were fortunate enough to have the benefit of irrigation providing the critical water supply needed to sustain their crop.

Thousands of acres of crops were devastated during the 2017 growing season due to drought conditions across North Dakota. The U.S. Drought Monitor from the National Drought Mitigation Center clearly showed a progression of drought during the summer months. June showed approximately 47 percent of North Dakota in severe drought and 25 percent in extreme drought, with the hardest hit areas in west-central North Dakota. Fast forward to the end of July, with 61 percent in severe drought, 45 percent in extreme drought, and eight percent in exceptional drought, once again, with the driest areas in the west-central part of the state.

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Meeting Notice - Executive Committee

November 8, 2017

NOTICE OF MEETING

GARRISON DIVERSION CONSERVANCY DISTRICT
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Garrison Diversion Conservancy District
Carrington, North Dakota

DATE: Thursday, December 14, 2017
TIME: 11:00 a.m.

A meeting of the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District’s Executive Committee will be held at Garrison Diversion headquarters in Carrington on as indicated above.  Agenda items include:

I. Roll Call
II. Reading of Minutes
III. Financial Report
IV. Bureau of Reclamation Report
V. McClusky Canal Update
VI. MR&I Program Update
VII. Red River Valley Water Supply Project Update
VIII. Bylaws Review
IX. General Manager’s Report
X. Other

Sincerely,
Duane DeKrey
Secretary

DD/las

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Garrison Diversion Awards $140,735 in Matching Recreation Grants

October 26, 2017

News Release
CARRINGTON, ND (October 26, 2017) – The Garrison Diversion Conservancy District’s Recreation Committee recently awarded matching recreation grants to nine projects totaling $140,735. Projects varied from developing a skate park to developing a Veteran’s park and installing playground equipment.
The following grant applicants received Matching Recreation Grants from the committee:
• Grand Forks Parks District- $31,232 to develop Phase 1 of a skate park at Kannowski Park
• Keene Park Board - $5,000 to renovate the bathroom facilities to ADA compliance
• McKenzie County Veteran’s Service - $50,000 for the development of the McKenzie County Veteran’s Park
• Devils Lake Park Board - $4,860 for beach improvements at Lakewood Park
• Renville County - $250 to purchase perennial planters for the Mouse River Park
• Sargent County Park Board - $3,559 for continued improvements at Silver Lake
• Steele County Park Board - $21,678 for campground renovations at Golden Lake Resort
• Stutsman County – $7,500 to install new playground equipment at Spiritwood Lake Resort
• Williams County Park Board - $16,656 to install two double vault restrooms at McGregor Dam
“We are thrilled to give back to communities within the district through our matching recreation grant program,” said Bill Krivarchka, Recreation Committee Chairman. “It’s so good to see enhanced recreational offerings benefitting so many areas.”
Garrison Diversion dedicates two-tenths of its one-mill levy to the matching recreation grant program to qualifying projects within the 28-county district. The Recreation Committee meets every spring and fall to consider applications. The next deadline for recreation grant applications is April 2, 2018.

For more information on Garrison Diversion’s matching recreation grant program, contact Merri Mooridian at 701-652-3194, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or PO Box 140, Carrington, ND 58421.

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Meeting Notice - Contract Review Committee

October 19, 2017

Notice of Meeting
Contract Review Committee

Date: November 30, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Place: Garrison Diversion Headquarters

There will be a meeting of the Contract Review Committee as indicated above.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the guidelines and direction of the committee.

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Garrison Diversion Sponsors Red River Valley Water Supply Project Conference

October 18, 2017

ND Water - October 2017

The Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion) is gearing up to host their biennial conference on November 7. The one-day conference will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Fargo. This year’s theme is “Red River Valley Water Supply Project: Investing in Our Future.”

The Red River Valley Water Supply Project (RRVWSP) is a plan to safeguard water for North Dakota communities and rural water systems by providing about half of North Dakota’s population with supplemental water supply during times of drought. Water from the Missouri River will be delivered via buried pipelines to cities and rural water systems in central and eastern North Dakota. The RRVWSP will also provide opportunities for industrial development in participating communities.

The conference is open to the public and representatives from the 35 communities and rural water systems that committed to the development portion of the RRVWSP. Potential users are also encouraged to attend the informational conference. “We hope everyone interested in Garrison Diversion’s water supply priorities and the Red River Valley Water Supply Project will attend the conference. It will be great to get everyone together to talk about this important initiative,” says Ken Royse, Garrison Diversion chairman.

The conference agenda includes detailed sessions about the project’s scope, schedule, and financial considerations. Daryl Ritchison, interim director of the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network (NDAWN), will present on how NDAWN monitors drought conditions. Joel Heitkamp, host of KFGO’s News and Views and a former rural water manager, will host a panel discussion with high profile experts about the current state of water in North Dakota. There is no cost to attend the conference; however, attendees are encouraged to RSVP online at http://rrvwsp.com/events/ to ensure there will be enough conference materials and refreshments for participants.

The 35 communities and water systems that have provided initial commitment to the project include the cities of Carrington, Cooperstown, Devils Lake, East Grand Forks, Fargo (which includes service to West Fargo), Forman, Grafton, Grand Forks, Hannaford, Hillsboro,
Langdon, Larimore, Lisbon, Mayville, McVille, Park River, Tuttle, Valley City, and Wahpeton; as well as the Agassiz Water Users District, Barnes Rural Water District, Cass Rural Water Users District, Central Plains Water District, Dakota Rural Water District, Grand Forks-Traill Water District, Greater Ramsey Water District, McLean- Sheridan Rural Water, Northeast Regional Water District, Richland County Job Development Authority, South Central Regional Water District, Southeast Water Users District, Stutsman Rural Water District/Jamestown, Traill Rural Water Users, Inc., Tri-County Rural Water District, and Walsh Rural Water District.

For more information on the RRVWSP, visit the project website at http://www.RRVWSP.com. The RRVWSP can also be found on Facebook and Twitter by searching for @ RRVWSP.

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Meeting Notice - Public Relations Committee

September 19, 2017

GARRISON DIVERSION CONSERVANCY DISTRICT
NOTICE OF MEETING
PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE


DATE: Friday, October 6, 2017

TIME: 11:00 A.M. or upon adjournment of the board meeting

PLACE: Garrison Diversion Conservancy District
401 Highway 281 NE
          Carrington, North Dakota

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss Garrison Diversion’s public relations matters.

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14th Annual Top O’ The Day Tee-Off

September 15, 2017

ND Water - September 2017

Once again, golfers came from near and far to the CrossRoads Golf Course in Carrington to participate in the Top O’ the Day Tee-Off, where for the past 14 years, water giants Russell Dushinske and Warren Jamison have been honored through a golf scramble hosted by Garrison Diversion and the North Dakota Water Education Foundation.

Proceeds from the scramble benefit the Dushinske & Jamison Water Resources Scholarship Endowment in memory of the men and their distinguished service, dedicated leadership, and lifelong devotion to water development in North Dakota. Each year, two $1,500 scholarships are awarded to students attending a North Dakota college or university and whose families have taken an active role in state water resource management. “Again this year, our golf tournament helped to successfully fulfill our goal of supporting two scholarships to students interested in the water industry,” said Diane Jamison-Richards, wife of the late Warren Jamison. “I appreciate each and every one that helped keep this vision intact and sincerely thank you for your participation.”

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Job Posting - Accountant

August 30, 2017

Garrison Diversion Conservancy District is seeking an Accountant for its Carrington, ND, location. This position includes processing vouchers and claims; processing payroll; and assisting with audits, budgets, month end closing, quarterly filings and more. To learn more about this opportunity, a full position description can be found by viewing “more” in this entry.

In addition to a challenging and supportive work environment, we offer exceptional benefits and salary including:

• Generous leave program including holidays, annual leave, and sick leave
• 100% paid family health, dental, and vision insurance
• NDPERS Retirement program
• Education and training assistance

Application deadline is September 22, 2017.

To apply for this position, please submit a letter of interest and resume to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Meeting Notice - Executive Committee

August 9, 2017

NOTICE OF MEETING

GARRISON DIVERSION CONSERVANCY DISTRICT
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Garrison Diversion Conservancy District
Carrington, North Dakota

DATE: Thursday, September 7, 2017

TIME: 11:00 a.m.

A meeting of the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District’s Executive Committee will be held at Garrison Diversion headquarters in Carrington on the date and time indicated above.  Agenda items include:

I. Roll Call
II. Reading of Minutes
III. 2017 Financial Statements
IV. Red River Valley Water Supply Project Update
V. Bureau of Reclamation Report
VI. McClusky Canal Update
VII. MR&I Program Update
VIII. General Manager’s Report
IX. Other Business

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RRVWSP Updates

July 7, 2017

ND Water - July 2017

The Red River Valley Water Supply Project (RRVWSP) is designed to provide a supplemental water supply during times of water scarcity to central and eastern North Dakota through a buried pipeline. The Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion) is the project’s state sponsor, while the Lake Agassiz Water Authority (LAWA) represents the local users. With many years of project studies, environmental assessments, and conceptual design completed, the RRVWSP is moving full steam ahead.

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Meeting Notice - Ag & Natural Resources

July 5, 2017

GARRISON DIVERSION CONSERVANCY DISTRICT
NOTICE OF MEETING
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE

DATE: Wednesday, July 12, 2017
TIME: 6:30 PM
PLACE: Holiday Inn Riverside
220 Burdick Expressway East
          Minot, ND

A meeting of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will be held as indicated above. 

Agenda items include:

1. McClusky Canal Irrigation Update
2. ND Irrigation Association Report
3. Oakes Irrigation Research Site Update
4. Stump Lake Property
5. Other Business

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Meeting Notice - Public Relations Committee

July 5, 2017

GARRISON DIVERSION CONSERVANCY DISTRICT
NOTICE OF MEETING
PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE
DATE: Wednesday, July 12, 2017
TIME: 7:30 PM or UPON ADJOURNMENT OF THE AG & NR COMMITTEE MEETING
PLACE: Holiday Inn Riverside - Atrium
220 Burdick Expressway East
Minot, North Dakota

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss Garrison Diversion’s public relations matters.

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Meeting Notice - Engineering & Operations Committee

July 5, 2017

GARRISON DIVERSION CONSERVANCY DISTRICT
NOTICE OF MEETING
ENGINEERING & OPERATIONS COMMITTEE
DATE: Thursday, July 13, 2017
TIME: 7:15 AM
PLACE: Holiday Inn Riverside - Atrium
220 Burdick Expressway East
Minot, North Dakota

The Engineering & Operations Committee will meet as indicated above.  Agenda items include:

I. 2017 Work Plan Update
II. McClusky Canal Slide Update
III. Five-Year O&M Work Plan & Budget
IV. Lake Audubon Water Control Plan
V. Equipment Inventory
VI. Other

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Meeting Notice - Board of Directors

July 5, 2017

GARRISON DIVERSION CONSERVANCY DISTRICT
NOTICE OF MEETING
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Garrison Diversion’s regular quarterly Board of Directors meeting will be held in conjunction with the North Dakota Water Resource Districts Association Annual Summer Meeting and the 2017 Executive Briefing on July 13 & 14 at the Holiday Inn Riverside of Minot. The Executive Briefing will be devoted to Flood Plains and Zoning Laws.

Garrison Diversion’s board meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 13.  Agenda items include:

I. Officers Reports
II. Committee Reports
III. Financial Report
IV. 2018 Budget
V. Bureau of Reclamation Report
VI. MR&I Program Update
VII. Red River Valley Water Supply Project Update
VIII. McClusky Canal Irrigation Update
IX. Other Business

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Garrison Diversion Prepares Master Plan

June 19, 2017

ND Water - June 2017

In the heart of North Dakota lies the McClusky Canal, a valuable conveyance feature providing water for recreation, wildlife, and irrigation. Constructed from 1969 to 1976, the canal was designed to irrigate up to 250,000 acres. Today, irrigation from the McClusky Canal has not reached its full potential, but the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion) is committed to investing in irrigation development and enhancement in North Dakota.

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Meeting Notice - Missouri River Committee

June 19, 2017

GARRISON DIVERSION CONSERVANCY DISTRICT
NOTICE OF MEETING
MISSOURI RIVER COMMITTEE
CHANGE IN MEETING TIME AND LOCATION
DATE: Wednesday, June 28, 2017
TIME: 3:30 p.m.
PLACE: Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center
Room 2160
          800 S 3rd Street
          Bismarck, North Dakota

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Meeting Notice - Red River Valley Committee

June 19, 2017

GARRISON DIVERSION CONSERVANCY DISTRICT

NOTICE OF MEETING

RED RIVER VALLEY COMMITTEE


DATE: Friday, June 23, 2017

TIME: 11:00 AM

PLACE: Holiday Inn
3803 13 Ave S
Fargo, North Dakota

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Meeting will discuss measures affecting Garrison Diversion

June 14, 2017

News Release:

June 14, 2017

The Garrison Diversion Conservancy District is urging the public to attend and participate in the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) public meetings which will discuss interim measures to reduce dam safety risks at the Snake Creek embankment, which runs under Highway 83 and impounds Lake Audubon in North Dakota.

The Corps has presented a Lake Audubon Water Control Plan which would restrict the differential head between Lake Audubon and Lake Sakakawea, affecting the Snake Creek Pumping Plant and McClusky Canal features of the Garrison Diversion Unit Project. The State of North Dakota, Garrison Diversion Conservancy District, and numerous residents who use these features that provide for irrigation, municipal, rural, and industrial water, fish, wildlife, and other natural resource conservation and development, and recreation could be affected.

The meetings will be held at the City Auditorium in Garrison, ND, on Tuesday, June 27, from 6-8 pm and Wednesday, June 28, from 6-8 pm at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Bismarck, ND. 

The public meetings will include a presentation and an open house to allow attendees to ask questions.

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Meeting Notice - Red River Valley Committee

May 24, 2017

GARRISON DIVERSION CONSERVANCY DISTRICT

NOTICE OF MEETING

RED RIVER VALLEY COMMITTEE


DATE: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

TIME: 10:00 AM

PLACE: Garrison Diversion Conservancy District
401 Highway 281 NE
          Carrington, North Dakota

The Red River Valley Committee will meet as indicated above. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Red River Valley Water Supply Project.

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New Leadership for the Garrison Diversion Board of Directors

May 23, 2017

ND Water Magazine
May 2017

The Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion) board of directors recently held elections for the executive committee, resulting in new board leadership. In addition to leadership positions, three board members were elected to executive committee positions.

The board of directors cast their ballots and elected Ken Royse, Burleigh County director, to lead the board for the next two years. He replaces Ken Vein, Grand Forks County director, who completed two two-year terms as chairman of the board. Royse has been a board member since 2005 and served the past two years as first vice chairman of the board.

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McClusky Canal Public Hay Auction

May 16, 2017

McCLUSKY CANAL PUBLIC HAY AUCTION
JUNE 13, 2017
10:00 A.M. CENTRAL TIME

Garrison Diversion Operation and Maintenance Office
210 Highway 200 NE, McClusky, ND

Please see “More” for additional information, including specs and maps.

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New Rockford Canal Public Hay Auction

May 16, 2017

NEW ROCKFORD CANAL PUBLIC HAY AUCTION
JUNE 13, 2017 - 3 P.M. CENTRAL TIME

Garrison Diversion Operation and Maintenance Office
205 3rd Street SE, New Rockford, ND

Please see “More” for additional information, including specs and maps.

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Garrison Diversion Awards $86,227 in Matching Recreation Grants

May 15, 2017

News Release
CARRINGTON, ND (May 15, 2017) – The Garrison Diversion Conservancy District’s Recreation Committee recently awarded matching recreation grants to 14 projects totaling $86,227. Projects varied from developing a walking trail to installing playground equipment.

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New Leadership for the Garrison Diversion Board of Directors

May 8, 2017

News Release
CARRINGTON, ND (May 5, 2017) - The Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion) board of directors recently held elections for the Executive Committee, resulting in new board leadership.  In addition, three board members were elected to Executive Committee positions.

Ken Royse, Burleigh County Director, was elected to lead the board for the next two years.  He replaces Ken Vein, Grand Forks County Director, who completed two two-year terms as Chairman of the board.  Royse has been a board member since 2005 and served his past two years as first vice chairman of the board. Ken and his wife, Kay, reside in Bismarck and have three children.

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State Water Commission Budget to Provide up to $30M to Red River Valley Water Supply Project

May 8, 2017

News Release (May 5, 2017)

The North Dakota State Water Commission’s budget for the 2017-2019 biennium has been approved with up to $30 million slated for the Red River Valley Water Supply Project (RRVWSP).  Of the $30 million grant, $17 million will be directed towards the completion of planning and permitting, while the remaining $13 million is to initiate construction.

“The Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion) and Lake Agassiz Water Authority (LAWA) requested $30 million in funding to keep the project affordable for the participating communities and water systems.  Affordability is very important for the ongoing success of the project,” says Duane DeKrey, Garrison Diversion General Manager.

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Garrison Diversion O&M Employees Receive Certification

May 8, 2017

News Release

CARRINGTON, ND (May 5, 2017)

Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion) operations and maintenance (O&M) employees underwent training to receive certification, while others were recertified, in rigging/signalperson, overhead, and mobile crane operations.

The training is necessary to comply with OSHA regulations and also ensures safety when the O&M staff is performing a variety of jobs.  Overhead cranes are utilized when servicing pumps in pumping plants maintained by Garrison Diversion.

Seven staff members received new certification as rigger/signalperson, while 11 others were recertified. The class instructed staff on how to properly secure loads and equipment. The course also taught proper signals for directing a crane operator.
Two staff members also received training and were certified for overhead and mobile crane operations, with nine becoming recertified. The certification allows staff to operate the majority of mobile cranes including boom trucks and telescoping booms. 
Garrison Diversion O&M staff participated in the certification courses along with several Bureau of Reclamation staff members. In order to receive their certification, employees must pass practical and written exams with an 80% or better score.
“The courses taught by the Crane Institute of America, Inc. are outstanding,” says Judy Allmaras, Garrison Diversion Safety Coordinator. “The instruction our staff received will benefit them on a daily basis.” Certification is valid for two years, upon which employees will again complete the course for recertification.

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RRVWSP Progress

April 13, 2017

ND Water - April 2017

Devastating droughts and disastrous floods are two realities we face in North Dakota, as our weather can vary greatly from season-to-season and year-to-year. Studies show a severe drought, similar to that of the 1930s drought, will likely repeat by the year 2050. It’s not a matter of if, but a matter of when we will face the challenges a drought presents to the region and the state. The Red River Valley Water Supply Project (RRVWSP) is a plan to protect central and eastern North Dakota from a drought’s devastating effects.

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Meeting Notice - Recreation Committee

April 13, 2017

NOTICE OF MEETING

GARRISON DIVERSION CONSERVANCY DISTRICT
RECREATION COMMITTEE


DATE: Friday, May 5, 2017

TIME: 9:30 AM

PLACE: Garrison Diversion Headquarters
Carrington, North Dakota

There will be a meeting of the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District Recreation Committee as indicated above.

Agenda items include:

1. Roll Call/Consideration of Minutes
2. Current Funding Table & Project Review
3. Presentation by Grant Applicants
4. Committee Discussion and Consideration
5. Other

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Meeting Notice - Committe of the Whole

April 4, 2017


COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
TIME CHANGE
DATE: April 6, 2017

TIME: 11:00 a.m.
 
PLACE: Garrison Diversion Conservancy District
Carrington, North Dakota

The Board of Directors of the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District will meet as a Committee of the Whole on April 6 at 11 a.m. 

The purpose of the meeting is to conduct the annual performance review of the general manager.

 

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Garrison Diversion Fills Accounting Position

April 3, 2017

News Release
CARRINGTON, ND (April 3, 2017) – The Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion) hired Carrington native, Cindy Hewitt, CPA, as the Accounting Specialist. Cindy will oversee the Municipal, Rural and Industrial water supply program, assist with the development and revisions of budgets, and employ general accounting practices in this position.

She received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Administration from the Minnesota State University Moorhead. She is a CPA, which is a new capacity for Garrison Diversion, and is an asset to the accounting department.

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Moving Water Across ND

March 27, 2017

Jamestown Sun
By Keith Norman on Mar 25, 2017

The political climate for proceeding with the Red River Valley Water Supply Project looks good at the federal level, according to Duane DeKrey, general manager of the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District.

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Notice of Meeting - Ag & Natural Resources Committee

March 24, 2017

DATE: Thursday, April 6, 2017

TIME: 8:30 AM

PLACE: Garrison Diversion Conservancy District
          Carrington, ND

A meeting of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will be held as indicated above. 

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Notice of Meeting - Public Relations Committee

March 24, 2017

Public Relations Committee

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Notice of Meeting

March 24, 2017

Quarterly Board Meeting

The regular quarterly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District will be held on April 6 & 7 at the district headquarters in Carrington.  Agenda items include:

I. Officers Reports
II. Committee Reports
III. Financial Report
IV. MR&I Report
V. Bureau of Reclamation Report
VI. McClusky Canal Update
VII. Red River Valley Water Supply Project Update
VIII. 2016 GDCD Accomplishments
IX. 2017 GDCD Work Plan
X. General Manager’s Report
XI. Election of Officers & Executive Committee Members
XII. Other

 

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Garrison Diversion Reps Visit D.C.

March 23, 2017

News Release

Garrison Diversion Reps Visit D.C. in Support of Red River Valley Water Supply Project, Irrigation Development, and MR&I Water Supply Program

(March 23, 2017) Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion) representatives were in Washington D.C. this week to meet with federal leaders in support of three of the organization’s projects and initiatives.

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Five New Directors on the Garrison Diversion Board

March 15, 2017

ND Water - March 2017

The Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion) Board of Directors is welcoming five new faces to the board in 2017. Several long-time board members retired or passed away in 2016, making way for new individuals to take part and become leaders in North Dakota’s water industry.

We welcome to the board Greg Bischoff, Barnes County; Nikki Boote, Griggs County; Bruce Klein, LaMoure County; Nancy Marquart, Nelson County; and Jim Pellman, Sheridan County.

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Stutsman County joins Lake Agassiz Water Authority

January 25, 2017

Jamestown Sun, Jan. 25, 2017

Stutsman County has become an associate member of the Lake Agassiz Water Authority and may become a full member, according to Sen. Terry Wanzek, R-Jamestown.

The Garrison Diversion Conservancy District announced Tuesday Stutsman County and the city of Wahpeton had become associate or non-voting members of Lake Agassiz Water Authority.

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Honoring Water Advocates

January 13, 2017

ND Water

Each year at the Annual Joint North Dakota Water Convention and Irrigation Workshop, the water industry recognizes individuals who have put forth great effort and have dedicated their time and knowledge to North Dakota’s water industry. This year, multiple individuals with ties to the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion) received awards at the convention. Dave Koland, former general manager of Garrison Diversion, was inducted into the North Dakota Water Users Association (NDWUA) Hall of Fame; former Barnes County Director Roger Bischoff was honored posthumously with a Water Wheel Award; and John Leininger, former Griggs County Director, was honored posthumously as a Commodore.

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Project to Benefit Half of N.D.

January 10, 2017

Leader-News BY ALYSSA MEIER
Editor

A pipeline running from Washburn through central and eastern North Dakota will provide water to approximately half of all state residents.
With a tentative plan to start construction by 2019, the Red River Valley Water Supply Project (RRVWSP) would transport water from the Missouri River to areas of North Dakota that often face extreme water shortages and droughts.

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