2nd talk on U.S./Canadian water issues set for Monday

FARGO – U.S. and Canadian officials will meet Monday for a second formal discussion to address water issues along the North Dakota/Manitoba border, Sen. Byron Dorgan announced today.

The four-party talks will be held at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and include participation from Dorgan, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger, Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. Gary Doer, U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Jacobson, North Dakota Governor John Hoeven, Sen. Kent Conrad and Rep. Earl Pomeroy.

The men previously met in early October to work out issues like – the quantity and quality of water removed from Devils Lake, the Northwest Area Water Supply project, basin-wide nutrient management, and finding ways to reduce flooding along the border between Manitoba and Pembina County. 

“Next week’s meeting will be an important opportunity to continue the search for reasonable solutions to a number of issues have been the subject of disagreement for years or even decades,” Dorgan said in a statement.  “I know these issues are complex, but I am hopeful that these discussions will move us closer to some resolution. It is in the interests of both countries to solve these problems, and the willingness of all of the parties to remain engaged in these conversations is encouraging.”

“Manitobans and North Dakotans have much in common and I believe we can find common sense solutions by working together,” Selinger said. “I look forward to this follow up meeting to continue our productive dialogue toward a mutually agreeable water management plan going forward.”