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Published November 04, 2009, 12:00 AM

Corps must be true to science

‘Whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting,” said Mark Twain. Where water is at stake, no interested party can be trusted to act beyond its own particular interests, this writer included.

By: Roger Minch, Fargo

‘Whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting,” said Mark Twain.

Where water is at stake, no interested party can be trusted to act beyond its own particular interests, this writer included. One might choose the option that promises lucrative consulting work. Another might act to prevent loss of his land, while another might see a valuable new drainage option for his land and a nearby village.

A case in point is the proposed Red River diversion channel. Only the Army Corps of Engineers cost/benefit analysis might be trusted to signal the best possible solution(s). Only it has the expertise and no personal interest at stake.

Hopefully, the corps will remain true to the science and will not be swayed to “relook” at its cost/benefit analyses to achieve a particular result.

Minch’s family has owned land near Kragnes, Minn., since the 1970s that would be crossed by the currently proposed Minnesota diversion option.

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