BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Legislature has passed a water budget bill that includes funding for flood control projects in Fargo and Minot.
The bill that passed the House on Friday and the Senate a day earlier contains $82.5 million for the ongoing Mouse River flood control project in Minot and a long-term commitment of $750 million for a project to divert the Red River to protect flood-prone Fargo and nearby Moorhead, Minnesota.
Funding approved for the Red River diversion project was $120 million short of the amount sought by the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority and Gov. Doug Burgum.
The cost for the flood protection project in Minot is about $1 billion. The Red River project is pegged at about $2.75 billion.
Both projects rely on substantial federal funding.