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West Fargo Mandatory But Non-Enforceable Water Restrictions Begin Tuesday

WEST FARGO, N.D. — West Fargo is following the lead of Fargo and Moorhead by implementing water restrictions. Starting tomorrow the city will enact mandatory but non-enforceable odd/even outdoor water use restrictions. There are no restrictions on essential water uses such as shower, laundry or toilet usage. The city is entering Phase 2 of its drought response.   Categories: Local News,…

Pipeline would pump river water across North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota officials are promoting a decades-long idea of pumping Missouri River water across the state to central and eastern North Dakota to combat future drought conditions. A groundbreaking is planned Tuesday near Carrington to mark the start of pipeline construction for the Red River Valley Water Supply Project. It’s a more than $1 billion project that…

Fargo To Enact Mandatory Water Restrictions As Drought Persists

FARGO, N.D. — Fargo is enacting mandatory odd/even outdoor water restrictions effective at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, July 27. People with an odd-numbered address may use water as normal on odd-numbered dates and vice versa. There are no restrictions on essential water uses like showers and laundry. Fargo will remain in this latest drought response phase until further action is taken…

Barnesville calls for water restrictions immediately

BARNESVILLE, MN (KVRR) —  Effective immediately the City of Barnesville implemented Stage 3 water restrictions. Restrictions include: • No lawn watering; except for yards sodded or seeded this year • Trees, shrubs and gardens may be watered using handheld devices only from 6:00-9:00 am and 7:00-10:00 pm; following Odd-Even Rule, on even numbered days, even numbered homes and on odd…

USDA Authorizes Emergency Crop Insurance Procedures During Severe Drought

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Department of Agriculture has authorized emergency procedures and issued new flexibilities for crop insurance providers to help ensure quick and fair adjustments and payments to producers. It comes as they weather severe drought conditions. USDA is allowing insurance companies to accept delayed notices of loss in certain situations. They are also simplifying paperwork requirements for filing…

Drought may be driving up North Dakota pelican population

BISMARCK, N.D. – Abnormally dry weather may have helped boost the number of American white pelicans nesting in north-central North Dakota, considered North America’s largest refuge for the big-billed birds. Results of an aerial survey show 16,600 pelicans nesting at the Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge, an increase of about 2,400 birds from a year ago when high water gobbled…

North Dakota pheasant estimate up but drought could cause problems

BISMARCK, N.D. – Wildlife officials say North Dakota’s spring pheasant population estimate is up 3% from last year but worry that an extended drought could cut into hunting prospects in the fall. The number of roosters detected this spring was up in the northwest, southeast and northeast regions. The southwest area, which is generally considered the state’s main pheasant hunting…

Minnesota bracing for extended drought, wildfire conditions

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota authorities are bracing for an extended wildfire season, saying the typical summer reprieve is looking more and more unlikely. Wildfires are typically at their worst in the spring and fall, slowing down in the summer when trees and plants are fully green and rain increases. But more than half of the state is experiencing drought conditions and…