Project Plans for 2017-2019

Posted: Jun 01 2017

Project Plans for 2017-2019

The news that the North Dakota Legislature had approved $30 million for the Red River Valley Water Supply Project (RRVWSP) was met with a sigh of relief from project supporters.  “We’re grateful to have the continuing support for the project from the State of North Dakota,” says Kip Kovar, Garrison Diversion Conservancy District Engineer and Deputy Program Manager for RRVWSP Engineering. 

Kovar says the state funding will allow the project to move forward over the next two years.  “We hope to complete the project’s preliminary design this fall and get a portion of the final design process completed by the end of 2018.  That way, we can begin phased bidding of the intake, trenchless crossings for the pipeline, and the discharge structure in the spring of 2019, with some level of construction starting before the end of the biennium.  Potentially, we may be able to complete the discharge structure in that time frame,” explains Kovar.

Over the course of the next two years, Garrison Diversion intends to exercise existing easement options related to the RRVWSP.  There is also a possibility Garrison Diversion will need to acquire additional easement options; however, that is to yet to be determined.    

“We have a lot of work ahead of us.  The state funding will allow us to really dig into this project over the next two years and make good progress,” says Kovar.