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ND officials upset with Mo River water charges

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials don't like plans by the Army Corps of Engineers to charge fees for people who want to use Missouri River water.

The Corps is holding a public comment session in Bismarck Tuesday. The idea also drew objections at a public meeting in Pierre, S.D., on Monday.

North Dakota U.S. Sen. John Hoeven and U.S. Rep. Rick Berg say when the Missouri River's dam system was built, North Dakota and other states that were flooded were promised water benefits. Now, they say the Corps of Engineers wants to charge for those benefits.

Hoeven says if the corps goes ahead with its plan to charge for stored water in Missouri River reservoirs, he believes the state should challenge the idea in federal court.

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