MINOT, N.D. - The Minot region will have access to $82.5 million for flood control and $100 million for the Northwest Water Supply Project as part of state water funding approved by the Legislature and governor for the next two years.
"The water commission budget bill was huge for Minot," said Ryan Ackerman, administrator for the Souris River Joint Board. "We are satisfied."
Minot had initially hoped for $100 million for flood protection, which had been the amount included in a funding plan developed by water stakeholders across the state. However, the State Water Commission prepared a budget giving the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project $70 million. That was the amount promoted by Gov. Doug Burgum in his proposed budget.
The state Senate approved $65 million, and that amount increased to $82.5 million in the House. The House funding level eventually was sustained in conference and signed onto by the governor.
Within Minot city limits, the money will allow for about $11 million in property acquisitions and the start of construction on the $40 million MI-5 phase, which could be a two- to three-year project.
About $30 million in levee improvements are planned in Burlington and $20 million in improvements at Tierrecita Vallejo, along with $4.3 million in acquisitions and also some water conveyance improvements. Tierrecita Vallejo is a residential development located near the northwest corner of the U.S. Highway 83 Bypass and the U.S. Highway 2.
Ackerman said the joint board also would like to advance about $7 million worth of construction on the $88 million Maple Diversion. This work would be part of the 35 percent local cost share. Federal dollars are being sought for this phase of the project.
The $82.5 million appropriated by the Legislature for Souris River flood control includes $46.6 million for work within Minot. That amount combined with this biennium's appropriation brings state spending to about $104 million of the $193 million promised to Minot over eight years.
As for NAWS, the legislation provides a $75 million line of credit that allows the State Water Commission to fund the entire cost of a proposed biota treatment plant at the southeast corner of Max.
Plans are to complete design and be ready to bid the estimated $60 million pre-treatment plant in 2020, Jonasson said.