Representatives from three water boards and two towns got together Thursday
morning to discuss how to mitigate flooding on Cart Creek and the north branch of the
They met in Grafton.
Specifically, officials with the Walsh, Pembina, and Cavalier County Water
Resource Boards, the City of Grafton and the City of Crystal talked about water retention.
Walsh County Water Resource Board Chairman Larry Tanke said there was no
control on Cart Creek and the north branch of the Park River. He wants a group formed
to establish temporary water retention to benefit the three-county area. Tanke is suggesting
a joint powers agreement be written for the Walsh, Pembina, and Cavalier County Water
Resource Boards, the cities of Grafton, Crystal, and Hoople. That would show unanimity
that's needed to get federal and state money to fund any temporary water retention projects.
Engineer Zach Herrmann of Houston Engineering of Fargo will draft a statement of
purpose and goals.
Grafton Mayor Chris West says he's ready to help because water temporarily held
back on Cart Creek and the north branch of the Park River benefits Grafton. Cavalier
County Water Resource Board Chairman Bill Hardy said if there's temporary water retention
above and below the escarpment, meaning, in Walsh and Pembina County as well as
Cavalier County, he'd support a network of small retention dams. But Hardy said he'd
oppose anything that'd store water on farmland. He says there's plenty of room in coulees
to temporarily retain water.
Tanke says the idea of this is to help retain water with some average rainfalls.
It might not help with those big sustained rains last May that flooded Crystal but any
retention would help somehow.
The thought is to establish a special assessment district throughout the
affected areas in Cavalier, Pembina, and Walsh Counties to finance the local cost share,
if anything comes of this.
An attorney will write a joint powers agreement to help pursue funding and the
engineer will write up the purpose and project goals statement and another meeting will be