Legislation

2009 MINNESOTA LEGISLATION AND FUNDING

The MinnesotaLegislature appropriated $500,000 from the general fund to the Red River Basin Commission, available July 1, 2009, in the Capital Investment Finance Bill (2009 Chapter 93) through the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR).  Specifically the funding is for:

 “…grants, contracts, or agreements with the Red River Basin Commission or its members to develop, in consultation and cooperation with all boards and commissions involved with water management and flood prevention and control in the Red River basin, a comprehensive plan of action to address, mitigate, and respond to flooding and related water quality and land conservation issues in the Red River watershed.  The plan must take into account previous federal, state, provincial, regional, and local assessments and make specific recommendations for floodplain management goals and outcomes for the Red River basin including structural and nonstructural measures, wetland restoration, water storage allocations by major watershed, and designation of roles and responsibilities and time frames for implementation.  The commission shall report progress on goals and outcomes to the legislature by January 15, 2010.  Any remaining money may be used to implement the plan.  Up to five percent of this appropriation may be used by the board for technical and administrative oversight.  This appropriation is contingent on the state of North Dakota contributing at least an equal amount in a grant to the RedRiver Basin Commission.”

Minnesota BWSR approved this funding on June 24, 2009 at its meeting in St. Paul.

 

2009 NORTH DAKOTA LEGISLATION AND FUNDING

The North Dakota Legislature appropriated $500,000 through the State Water Commission with the intent of the legislature that,

 “…of the funds appropriated in the water and atmospheric resources line item in section 1 of this Act, the state water commission provide funding for the following projects, for the biennium beginning July 1, 2009, and ending June 30, 2011:  (among others) Evaluate, in conjunction with state, local and federal officials and entities, long-term flood control solutions in the Red River valley.” 

 The North Dakota State Water Commission approved this funding for the Red River Basin Commission at its June 23, 2009 meeting in Fargo.