North Dakota officials expect NAWS legal battle to drag on
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota officials believe a federal study of a large Missouri River water project has adequately addressed fears of environmental harm in the state of Missouri and the Canadian province of Manitoba.
But they're also resigned to the likely continuation of a drawn-out legal battle that's already delayed the Northwest Area Water Supply project for more than a decade.
NAWS Project Manager Tim Freije said he's not optimistic about a quick resolution to a lawsuit by Missouri and Manitoba. And Missouri's attorney general says he's committed to protecting the water rights of state residents.
Manitoba officials said they're still reviewing the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's final environmental study of NAWS, which calls for more stringent treatment of Missouri River water before it goes to northwestern North Dakota residents.