Missouri River Stakeholders approaches county
By Chris Erickson
A nonprofit group that is aiming to give North Dakota more of a voice in larger Missouri River issues came calling to the Mercer County Commission last week.
Ryan Norrell, executive director of the North Dakota Missouri River Stakeholders nonprofit group, provided an informational update on his organization to the assembled commission.
According to Norrell, the group was formed under the N.D. State Water Commission to help provide a voice for North Dakotans in larger Missouri River issues throughout the river’s system.
“This December marks the 70th anniversary of the passage of the Flood Control Act of 1944, which passed to tame the Missouri River,” Norrell said. “In order to secure the passage of that act, Congress had made a lot of promises to states, tribes, counties, cities, landowners, farmers and ranchers up and down the river. Here we are 70 years later and some of those promises haven’t been kept.”
Norrell stated that states in the upper Missouri Basin such as North and South Dakota, and Montana had been treated more as flood control reservoirs for downstream entities.