Gov. Dayton requests Red River project delay

  • Associated Press
  • August 25, 2014 - 8:07 PM

FARGO, N.D. — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has requested that crews temporarily stop working on the Red River flood control project.

KFGO-AM reports Dayton sent a letter to Jo-Ellen Darcy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asking the federal agency to hold off on supporting the project until Minnesota conducts an environmental review.

Dayton requested the Corps stop endorsing funding, issuing permits and providing construction assistance on the effort to reduce flooding.

Darrell Vanyo is the chairman of the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority. Vanyo says he was surprised by Dayton's request because the issue was never raised last week at a meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota, with the Department of Natural Resources.

Vanyo says work will continue as scheduled.

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