FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The federal Agriculture Department is making up to $10 million available to enroll land in the Red River Valley watershed into its Wetlands Reserve Program.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the goal is to reduce flooding, restore wetlands and enhance wildlife habitat. The special initiative will enroll land in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.

Residents of the valley are in the middle of another major spring flood battle. Moderate-to-severe flooding happens every year, and Vilsack says expanding the wetlands acres will help mitigate flood damage.

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  1. jc says:

    Well its about time. The main reason for the flooding is the water has no where to go since the wetlands were plowed up and drained. More wetlands and low areas less water that makes it to the river. Common sense.

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