Released On: January 16, 2009
The Record of Decision was signed by Reclamation's Great Plains Regional Director Michael J. Ryan, and implements the preferred alternative identified in the Northwest Area Water Supply Project Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Water Treatment.
"This decision marks another step in our efforts to bring reliable, quality water to northwest North Dakota," said Ryan.
The selected alternative, which was evaluated in the EIS, includes a two-stage disinfection process within the Missouri River basin before the water is pumped through a buried pipeline to the water treatment plant in Minot, N.D.
Water for the Northwest Area Water Supply Project will come from Lake Sakakawea, within the Missouri River basin, and will serve communities such as Minot, in the Hudson Bay basin. Reclamation evaluated water treatment alternatives which reduce the risk of project operations inadvertently transferring invasive species into the Hudson Bay basin.
"It has been a long and comprehensive process," said Dennis Breitzman, Reclamation's Dakotas Area Manager. "This is an exciting culmination of local, state and federal entities partnering together to manage, develop and deliver water."
The signing of the Record of Decision completes the requirements for the National Environmental Policy Act. It also fulfills Reclamation's obligation under a court order related to an ongoing lawsuit filed in the United States District Court. The lawsuit was filed by the Province of Manitoba challenging previous environmental studies done on the NAWS project.
The final EIS was released in December 2008 and is available for download at www.usbr.gov/gp/.
For additional information please contact Patience Hurley, Bureau of Reclamation, at 701.221.1204 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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