The final (hopefully) piece of the bureaucratic puzzle needed for completion of the NAWS project is in place. The supplemental environmental impact statement has been released by the Bureau of Reclamation. A thirty day comment period is required before the two lawsuits, one filed by Manitoba and one by Missouri, are allowed to restart the legal process. A final ruling could be as short as a few months away.
Here’s a link to the related SEIS documents. Read Congressman Cramer’s news release on the topic below.
— Official News Release, Congressman Cramer —
Congressman Kevin Cramer released the following statement after the final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Northwest Area Water Supply Project (NAWS) was published by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation:
“This process has gone on for over a decade and I urge the Bureau of Reclamation to issue a record of decision as soon as possible. The people of North Dakota have every right to beneficially use Missouri River water. This project will provide reliable, high quality water to individuals and communities who have faced shortage and quality problems in the past while meeting projected growth in this area,” said Cramer.