The Red River Basin, as well as much of central Canada and the United States, is in the throes of a water crisis, a Canadian water policy expert told some 200 people attending an international conference Tuesday at Grand Forks’ Alerus Center.
Bismarck-Mandan, Minot, and just about everywhere else in North Dakota has been dealing with flooding Hopping from one flood emergency to another is all in a day’s work for Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk. He’s seen flooding in every corner of the state, often on several fronts at once.
There are a lot of unknowns, but if the invasion in other watersheds is any indication, zebra mussels could mean big changes, both to the natural environment and to cities and water users along the Red River.
Weather Service: Grand Forks, Neche, N.D. have 50-percent chance of flooding like 2009
The National Weather Service on Tuesday forecast a 70 percent chance of a 2009-like flood at Pembina, N.D., and better than 50-50 chance of major flooding in many cities, including Grand Forks, Drayton and Neche, N.D., and Oslo, Minn., among others.
Bob Merritt, a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources hydrologist in Detroit Lakes, criticized the corps for “trotting out” its flood options to the public last week before taking a hard look at the environmental impacts.
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