FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Opponents of a planned Red River diversion project around Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota say they’re happy to finally get their day in court.

The $2 billion channel is designed to move water around the flood-prone Fargo metropolitan area, but would need a staging area south of the city to store water in times of serious flooding. A group representing about 20 upstream cities and townships in North Dakota and Minnesota filed a lawsuit in August 2013 asking for a cheaper project that doesn’t flood farmland.

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A hearing is scheduled Monday in federal court in Minneapolis to discuss whether the complaint has merit.

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Tim Fox, state’s attorney in Wilkin County, Minnesota, says it’s the first time the “substantive elements” of the case will be argued in front of a federal judge.

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