Officials optimistic about diversion

Post Date: Jan 17 2007

FARGO - City officials say their goal of bringing Missouri River water to eastern North Dakota appears to be within reach.

“All the pieces are in place, and it appears the money is going to be available, too. Now is the time,” said Bruce Furness, the former mayor of Fargo and the chairman of the Lake Agassiz Water Authority.

The Lake Agassiz group has been working on a plan to provide the Red River Valley with an emergency water supply by 2012. The water authority and state officials have endorsed a proposal to transfer Missouri River water east.