New Push To Reroute Red River 06 Oct 17

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — The governors of Minnesota and North Dakota are forming a 16-member task force to try to revive a stalled flood control project in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said Wednesday after meeting behind closed doors in Moorhead that they will each appoint eight members to help resolve differences over construction of the Red River diversion project. No other details were released.

A group of upstream residents in the two states has filed a lawsuit opposing the diversion, saying there is a cheaper option that doesn’t flood farmland. A federal judge last month stopped construction of the channel over complaints that project managers did not obtain the necessary permits from Minnesota.

Construction of the first phase of the project began earlier this year.