Minn. environmental study moves forward

FARGO – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is moving forward with the initial phase of its environmental impact study on the diversion project – a study that might not begin for almost a year.

The state of Minnesota won’t grant the required permits for the project until the DNR completes a statelevel environmental assessment.

It may take nearly 10 months to gauge the extent of the state’s study, based on what’s already been addressed in the Army Corps of Engineers’ assessment, said Tom Waters, the Diversion Authority’s project management consultant.

After that point, the actual study would begin, but if the state determines a full study is required, the Diversion Authority will have to pay $1.4 million to the DNR for the analysis.