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The Diversion Authority is expecting U.S. Congressional leaders in both parties and chambers to move forward this month on a bill to authorize water projects across the nation, including the F-M Area Diversion Project.

House and Senate negotiators have agreed on language in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). The legislation is expected to clear both chambers, but since the House is not in session this week, the earliest the report can head to President Barack Obama’s desk is the week of May 19th.

U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven have issued press releases with updates on the work of the Senate-House joint conference committee. Read Senator Heitkamp’s press release here, and Senator Hoeven’s press release here.

The last water resources authorization bill passed more than seven years ago, so the timing of the new authorization would be ideal for the Diversion Project.