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May 19, 2013
Minot Daily News

KEEPING OUR WATER Kudos the the U.S. Senate for putting the brakes on a plan by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to charge fees for access to water in upper Missouri River reservoirs. The Senate last week passed an amendment to the 2013 Water Resources Development Act prohibiting the Corps from charging states like North Dakota and South Dakota to maintain access to water. Politicians from a number of states including North Dakota argued successfully that the water already legally belongs to the states, so charging a fee would be inappropriate, citing states' rights to waters that naturally flow through their land. Communities and tribes up and down the Missouri River system depend on water from the river for municipal use and as a source of drinking water. Let's hope the amendment, which now goes to the House, puts an end to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' idea of charging states for water that already belongs to them.



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