Red River Valley Water Supply Project

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(Nov. 6, 2018) A drought mitigation project that will serve more than half of the state of North Dakota is among the top infrastructure projects in North America.  The Red River Valley Water Supply Project (RRVWSP) is named in the 2018 Strategic 100 North American Infrastructure Report. 

 “We were pleasantly surprised to hear the Red River Valley Water Supply Project is named among so many high-profile projects.  It is an important project here in North Dakota and to the 35 cities and water systems that have signed on to receive a supplemental water supply, but it’s a real honor to be named among the top projects in North America,” says Merri Mooridian, Deputy Program Manager of RRVWSP Administration. 

The list was unveiled during the 10th North American Infrastructure Leadership Forum held October 23-25 in Dallas, Texas.  Bill Davis, Black and Veatch Senior Project Manager, represented the project at the event and delivered a presentation about the RRVWSP.  Black and Veatch is the prime engineering consultant on the supplemental water supply project. 

The RRVWSP ranks 42 on the list and is among the 16 water infrastructure projects that made the list.  Each year CG/LA Infrastructure releases the Strategic 100 report which identifies the “most imaginative and transformative” projects across 12 infrastructure sectors. The report is the product of a six-month analysis of hundreds of projects. 

The RRVWSP is currently in the final design phase. The goal is to begin phased bidding and construction of the project in 2019.  Garrison Diversion Conservancy District and the Lake Agassiz Water Authority are the co-sponsors of the state project.

About the RRVWSP
The RRVWSP is a plan to safeguard water for North Dakota communities and rural water districts in times of drought, as well as provide for industrial development.  The project will use a buried water pipeline to carry water from the Missouri River along Highway 200 to the Sheyenne River to provide a supplemental water supply to users in central and eastern North Dakota.

The communities and water systems involved with the RRVWSP include the Cities of Carrington, Cooperstown, Devils Lake, East Grand Forks, Fargo which includes service to West Fargo, Forman, Grafton, Grand Forks, Hannaford, Hillsboro, Langdon, Larimore, Lisbon, Mayville, McVille, Park River, Tuttle, Valley City, and Wahpeton; as well as the Agassiz Water Users District, Barnes Rural Water District, Cass Rural Water Users District, Central Plains Water District, Dakota Rural Water District, Grand Forks-Traill Water District, Greater Ramsey Water District, McLean-Sheridan Rural Water, Northeast Regional Water District, Richland County Job Development Authority, South Central Regional Water District, Southeast Water Users District, Stutsman Rural Water District/Jamestown, Traill Rural Water Users, Inc., Tri-County Rural Water District, and Walsh Rural Water District. 

Governor Hickenlooper, Jamey Barbas, Bill Davis, Black and Veatch, other project of the year award winnders, and CG/LA CEO, Norman F. Anderson