FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A task force assembled by the governors of North Dakota and Minnesota is recommending large-scale changes to a Red River diversion project around the Fargo-Moorhead area, including sending more water through the river channel and moving a holding area closer to town.

The group held its fifth and final meeting Monday in Fargo. The project has been on hold since September when a judge halted construction over permitting issues raised by Minnesota. Upstream residents have complained because their land would be flooded when the diversion is needed.

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North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum says increasing the flow through town and moving the holding area are good ideas, but they will increase the cost of a project currently estimated at $2.2 billion.

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The group plans to issue a report within a month.

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