- Associated Press - Saturday, January 21, 2017

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A new revenue forecast predicts even less money will be available from North Dakota’s Water Resources Trust Fund than expected, making funding for Souris River flood control more challenging.

The latest forecast reduced the amount of money expected to be added to the fund by $25 million, the Minot Daily News (https://bit.ly/2jlXDHe) reports.

Souris River Joint Board administrator Ryan Ackerman says the group is continuing to make the case to the state for $127 million for the project.

Ackerman says the original request was for $119 million, but that amount increased with the water commission’s decision to raise the state cost share from 60 to 65 percent. The money would cover expenses associated with construction of the first four phases of the flood protection project in Minot.

“What we really need is support,” Ackerman said. “I really think there’s value in being present, letting the legislators know we are here - the community really needs this. It isn’t just a couple of staff people down here.”

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Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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