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Army Corps: No charge for Sakakawea irrigation water

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FARGO -- North Dakota farmers won't have to pay for water pumped from Lake Sakakawea to irrigate their fields, federal officials have decided.

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The Army Corps of Engineers concluded it does not have the authority to charge for water used for irrigation from any of the six Missouri River reservoirs, said Larry Janis, a water supply manager for the corps in Omaha.

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