FARGO, N.D. - A U.S. senator from North Dakota says the Army Corps of Engineers and Minnesota regulators should find creative ways to solve a dispute over a planned Red River diversion around the Fargo area.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Monday rejected a permit application by the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority for construction of an upstream dam to hold back water in times of serious flooding. The DNR says there are better options for flood control.
Sen. John Hoeven tells KFGO radio that the corps and Minnesota DNR plan to begin negotiations on the project this week. Hoeven says he believes the two sides can come to an agreement in a "reasonable amount of time."
The corps is hoping to begin work this fall on the $2. 1 billion channel.