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Garrison Diversion Sponsors Red River Valley Water Supply Project Conference

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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