FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has completed its environmental review of a revised Red River diversion project, which will help determine whether the agency will issue a permit for the channel around the flood-prone Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota area.

The DNR in October 2016 denied a permit for the original project, leading a federal judge to stop construction that had started southwest of Fargo. The new design by the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority is meant to reduce impacts to land in Richland County in North Dakota and Minnesota’s Wilkin County.

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The DNR is accepting public comments on the environmental review through Nov. 29.

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The DNR has given mostly favorable reviews to the new project, mainly because fewer acres will be required to hold back water during times of serious flooding.

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