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Garrison Diversion Reps Visit D.C.

Garrison Diversion Reps Visit D.C.

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.

Garrison Diversion staff and Board members held meetings with Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, Representative Kevin Cramer, and other federal officials about the Red River Valley Water Supply Project (RRVWSP).  The project will deliver water from the Missouri River to cities and water systems in central and eastern North Dakota.  When it is completed, it is expected to benefit nearly half of the state’s population.

The Garrison Diversion representatives also provided information about the state Municipal, Rural and Industrial (MR&I) water supply program and irrigation.  Garrison Diversion has developed an Irrigation Master Plan for future irrigation growth in the McClusky Canal area.  The Plan includes a proposal to work with landowners and producers to develop up to 51,700 irrigable acres along the McClusky Canal. 

“Garrison Diversion is committed to educating our federal leaders about why these water programs are necessary for North Dakota and how they benefit the state’s residents,” says Duane DeKrey, Garrison Diversion General Manager.

To date, dozens of municipal and rural water systems throughout North Dakota have received more than $339 million in funding through the MR&I Program.  “The continuation of support and funding from the federal government is crucial to bringing reliable, high quality and affordable water to more areas of the state,” says DeKrey.

“We had a lot of good conversations with high-level decision makers this week.  I feel very positive about Garrison Diversion’s initiatives moving forward,” says Ken Vein, Garrison Diversion Chairman.

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