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First pipe laid for drought project that will protect water supply for 50% of North Dakotans


August 9, 2021

Speakers at the groundbreaking event ceremoniously signed the pipe before it was lowered into the trench. From left to right - Rep. Jim Schmidt; Sen. Rich Wardner; Tim Mahoney, LAWA Chairman; Andrea Travnicek, Director of the Department of Water Resources; Lt. Governor Brent Sanford; Alan Walter, Garrison Diversion Chairman; Duane DeKrey, General Manager of Garrison Diversion.

Tuesday, construction crews placed the very first length of pipe that will deliver emergency and supplemental water from the Missouri River in central North Dakota to the Red River Valley in the east. The Red River Valley Water Supply Project is a drought mitigation project that's more than 20 years in the making.

At a construction site one mile south of Carrington on Highway 281, project organ...

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