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The North Dakota State Water Commission will forgo its cost-sharing policy to maintain proposed state funding for part of the Minot flood protection project that recently received a federal grant .
The town of Minot received $ 9.84 million under the Department of Defense’s Community Defense Infrastructure Program for the Northeast Flood Wall, known as phase MI-5D. The water commission voted on Thursday to keep the state’s share of costs at 65% of the non-federally funded part, rather than lowering its share to 50%, as would typically happen under the commission’s cost-sharing policy. The decision means that the $ 23.6 million project phase is eligible for $ 8.95 million from the state,
In August, the State Water Commission approved $ 84.5 million for the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project during the current biennium. This includes $ 13.15 million for Minot property acquisitions and $ 71.35 million for rural acquisitions, both at a 75% cost share of the state. Construction and engineering activities are at 65% of the costs.
The Town of Minot also received approval of $ 93,750 for $ 125,000 in design and other pre-construction costs for a low-head dam remediation project. The safety project aims to remedy the hydraulic roller effect present at the Minot water supply dam, located near the Minot water treatment plant. The dam on the Souris River serves as an emergency water supply reserve. Complete remediation work is estimated at around $ 1 million.
In total, the Water Commission approved $ 65.2 million in cost-sharing requests for several water supply, flood control and general water supply projects across the country. State. Projects in Bottineau County, Rugby and McLean County were included. All cost-sharing approvals by the commission are dependent on available funds.
The Bottineau County Water Resources District has received cost-sharing approval for its Stone Creek B-Side project. The project includes engineering work associated with a lateral to the existing Stone Creek drain. The lateral will include 3.6 miles of construction of new agricultural drains in an existing assessment district.
The pre-construction cost is $ 45,000, of which $ 20,250 will come from the state’s 45% cost share. The total cost of the project, including construction, is $ 508,680.
The project is located approximately 2.5 miles north of Kramer. Pre-construction efforts are scheduled to begin in November, with tenders in March and construction in August 2022.
The Town of Rugby has received cost-sharing approval for the purchase and installation of two clarifiers at the town’s water treatment plant, which serves the town and supplies bulk water to the district of All Seasons water users. The city is in the final stages of upgrading the plant.
The state’s 60% cost share of $ 881,000 will reduce the amount of a user’s bill increase from $ 1.39 per month to 55 cents per month to pay for the upgrade.
The project is to be tendered for in March, with installation in May and completion in June 2023. The total cost of the project is estimated at nearly $ 1.47 million.
The McLean-Sheridan Rural Water District has received cost-sharing approval of $ 821,000 for pre-construction costs to provide water supply, reverse osmosis water treatment and elimination of water discharges for the Blue Flint ethanol plant. The project replaces the water services currently provided by the Coal Creek Generating Station.
Midwest AgEnergy, owner of the ethanol plant, asked the district to assess the feasibility of providing 750,000 gallons of water per day and a 75,000 gallon per day water discharge line.
The project includes the replacement of Washburn’s Missouri River water intake; an expansion of the city’s water treatment plant clarifiers; the addition of a booster station; an 11.55 mile 12 inch transmission pipeline from Washburn to the plant; a two million gallon water storage tank; and a vault of meters and control valves. It also includes a lifting station, a seven mile and six inch pipeline, and a landfill structure for a reverse osmosis treatment plant on the Missouri River.
The total project would cost $ 45.8 million, with the local share after the state’s 75% cost share to be paid by Midwest AgEnergy.
A study of the system is expected to be completed in November. The project could go to tender in April, with construction in June and delivery in October 2023.
The biggest cost share approved Thursday was $ 47.5 million for the Red River Valley water supply project. The project is managed by the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District and is owned by the Lake Agassiz Water Authority. Since the national and local project was launched in 2013, the state has invested more than $ 117 million for its advancement. Once completed, 35 rural communities and water systems in central and eastern North Dakota will potentially benefit from the project.