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Federal economic stimulus funds awarded for water projects

WASHINGTON -- Red Lake and the Mississippi Headwaters are among recipients of federal economic stimulus funds for water projects, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, DFL-Minn., announces.

The funds are part of $101.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for 12 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects throughout the state. Funding will go toward flood mitigation and other essential water projects, Klobuchar said.

Projects in the region include:

-- $845,000 for Red Lake Reservoir -- Red Lake Dam Fish Passage and Monitoring to allow the tribal Department of Natural Resources to monitor and manage the walleye migration from the Red Lake River to Red Lake and vice versa.

-- $3,565,000 for the Reservoirs at Headwaters of the Mississippi River -- To construct and modernize the fish cleaning facility.

-- $50,000 for Clearwater River -- Establish real estate tract maps for damage reduction project.

-- $4.6 million for flood mitigation in Roseau -- To construct a railroad bridge that would span the 150-foot-wide east side diversion channel, which would provide capacity for excess flows from the Roseau River.

"The measures we took to prevent flood damages in the Grand Forks area and parts of southern Minnesota after their devastating floods have demonstrated how important these projects are to helping communities avoid catastrophe," said Klobuchar. "Flood projects like these can mean the difference between minor damage and total destruction."