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Upstream group votes to challenge Red River diversion ruling

January 4, 2019

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A group opposed to the design of a flood control project in the Fargo-Moorhead area says it will contest a decision by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to issue a permit for a revised plan.

The DNR ruled last week that the changes in the Red River diversion project qualify for a permit as long as it meets more than 50 conditions involving project design, construction, operation and maintenance. The DNR had denied the first application for a permit.

Nathan Berseth, spokesman for a group of upstream residents who in 2013 filed a lawsuit opposing the project, said Thursday his group voted to challenge the DNR ruling in front of an administrative law judge.

Representatives with the DNR and Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority could not be immediately reached for comment.

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