Some Walsh County water officials are going to a big meeting next week in
Bismarck to discuss a potential Forest River diversion channel. It'd take water out of
the Forest River somewhere southwest of Forest River and divert it so it'd end up in
Walsh County Water Resource Board Chairman Larry Tanke is one of those
going. Tanke says they're looking for money to help design that project. Tanke says
they went to the Red River joint board and got 50-thousand-dollars in a cost share.
He's going to the North Dakota State Water Commission next Wednesday to ask for
85-thousand-dollars more in cost share money. If the commission approves, the
money would help get projects like this one going.
Tanke says the purpose of that potential project is to temporarily hold water
back. The cost of the survey, design, and hydraulic analysis is about 160-thousand
dollars. It'd tell Walsh County water officials what's necessary. The idea is to help
take high water levels in the Forest River channel, put it into another channel that's
more remote and less harmful and lower the water level in the Forest River channel
and lower the amount of water that'd flow through Minto.
Tanke tells KXPO the Red River joint board would like to see about 20-percent
of the water that flows into the Red River held back temporarily to provide more orderly
If the North Dakota State Water Commission provides that cost share money,
some special assessments would still be necessary from affected landowners.
But that's in the future for now. The big step is the June 19th meeting of
the North Dakota State Water Commission in Bismarck. If everything falls into place,
Tanke thinks a project survey and design could be complete late this coming fall.