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In brief: Law to benefit state producers; Move snow from highway right-of-ways

This week’s briefs.

Water infrastructure law to benefit state’s manufacturers, producers

Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., released this statement following President Obama’s signing of legislation last week funding water infrastructure projects critical to the nation’s economic competitiveness. The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, formerly known as the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), addresses projects at America’s harbors, locks, dams, flood protection and other water infrastructure. It contains language that allows the continued use of trailer homes around Lake Tschida in southwestern North Dakota and prevents significant cabin fee increase at three Bureau of Reclamation state reservoirs.  The new law also includes a provision, long supported by Cramer, empowering states to establish their own coal ash disposal program as long as it meets the standards established by the Environmental Protection Agency.

“This law funds infrastructure projects needed for North Dakota’s manufacturers, farmers and ranchers to deliver their products to domestic and international markets on inland waterways and coastal ports. It also funds drinking water programs in small communities and research on new water safety technologies.

I am pleased this law also allows homeowners to remain at Lake Tschida and addresses unreasonable permit fee increases at Dickinson, Heart Butte and Jamestown reservoirs. This will enhance the enjoyment of our federal recreation areas in North Dakota.”

Land owners asked not to put snow into right-of-way of state highways

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and the North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) are requesting that landowners not push snow into rights-of way and ditches on state highways. This practice can exaggerate the drifting problems experienced on state highways. These drifts can create obstructions for motorists. State law prohibits a person from obstructing, or causing to be obstructed, any public highway or right-of-way.

Landowners are asked not to push snow within the limits of the right-of-way which includes the roadway, ditch bottom, and backslope of the roadway.