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Reclamation Releases Finding of No Significant Impact for Central North Dakota Water Supply Project

Media Contact: Patience Hurley, (701) 221-1204

For Release: September 10, 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Bureau of Reclamation has completed the environmental assessment (EA) and released the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Central North Dakota Water Supply Project.

"The Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact were completed to address a request from Garrison Diversion Conservancy District for 20 cfs of industrial water from the McClusky Canal for use by communities in the Missouri River Basin," said Arden Freitag, Area Manager for Reclamation's Dakotas Area Office.

Current available industrial water allocations have the potential to limit future industrial development within the region. This project will provide a reliable water supply source for industrial needs and benefit the communities of Stutsman Rural Water District, Jamestown, Carrington, Central Plains Water District, Tuttle and South Central Regional Water District in central North Dakota.

"These communities have determined a need for industrial water that cannot be met by existing supplies. A supplemental water supply is necessary for continued growth and industrial development in the region," said Freitag.

The next step for Reclamation is to issue a water service contract and special use permit to Garrison Diversion Conservancy District. Reclamation will coordinate with the Western Area Power Administration regarding a power contract with Garrison Diversion Conservancy District for the project.

The EA and FONSI are available online at:

For additional information or to receive a printed copy of the EA/FONSI, please contact Kate Kenninger at 701-221-1282 or

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