WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator and Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife Chairman Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced today the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) will perform an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the funding and construction of the Eastern North Dakota Alternate Water Supply (ENDAWS) Project.
“I appreciate BOR’s actions, and I encourage all stakeholders to offer their input,” said Senator Cramer. “This can and should be done quickly, and I look forward to working with the agency to keep- or even exceed- their timeline. The benefits of this project cannot be overstated for the entire Red River Basin. They are long overdue.”
The request for a water supply contract as an alternate water source for the state-led Red River Valley Water Supply Project was made by the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District. In addition to publishing a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register, BOR will host three scoping meetings to gather public input, planned for October 22 – 24, 2019. A draft EIS is expected in May 2020 followed by a final EIS in October 2020 and a record of decision one month later.