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Press Photo by Dustin Monke An oil rig is seen east of New Town near the Van Hook Arm portion of Lake Sakakawea on June 6.

Precious resource: Western states coalition opposes federal water fee

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FARGO -- North Dakota is now backed by the collective voice of a coalition of Western states in denouncing a federal proposal to charge for commercial use of water drawn from Lake Sakakawea.

The Western States Water Council, which represents 18 Western states on water policy, has written the Army Corps of Engineers to urge that a proposal to charge a so-called "storage" fee be scrapped.

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