Judge Halts Minnesota, North Dakota Flood Control Project
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ The governors of Minnesota and North Dakota are working to salvage a flood control project after a federal judge stopped construction of the $2.2 billion river diversion.
Minnesota Public Radio reports that Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum have issued statements saying they hope to resolve the dispute over the Fargo-Moorhead project.
The project would use a levee to divert Red River flood waters around the cities. County governments near the river sued to stop the project in 2013 over concerns that it would shift flooding to their areas.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began construction this summer without permits from Minnesota.
U.S. District Judge John Tunheim ruled earlier this month to stop the project until it acquires permits from Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources.