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ND officials praise signing of diversion report

FARGO, N.D. — Officials say Thursday's signing of an Army Corps of Engineers' report on the Red River diversion project around Fargo and neighboring Moorhead is an important step toward permanent flood protection.

The corps says its chief of engineers has endorsed the feasibility report and environmental impact study for the nearly $2 billion project. That clears the way for the plan to go before Congress next year.

Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Rick Berg, both of whom attended Thursday's signing, say it's an important day for the project, but believe more needs to be done to reduce the effects on upstream communities.

The proposed 36-mile channel aims to provide long-term flood control for the Fargo-Moorhead area, which Hoeven says is needed "rather than an almost annual flood fight."

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