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Clean Water measure backers tout broad coalition of support

FARGO -- Backers of the Clean Water, Wildlife & Parks Amendment announced Tuesday that a broad coalition of 225 individuals, businesses and organizations have endorsed Measure 5 on the November ballot.

FARGO - Backers of the Clean Water, Wildlife & Parks Amendment announced Tuesday that a broad coalition of 225 individuals, businesses and organizations have endorsed Measure 5 on the November ballot.
“That’s a broad range of North Dakotans, teachers, agricultural producers, business owners and others,” said Steve Adair, chairman of the campaign for the conservation amendment.
“It’s really grown into a broad, grass-roots effort across the state,” said Adair, an executive with Ducks Unlimited in Bismarck.
Measure 5 backers appeared Tuesday in Fargo and Grand Forks to highlight what they called a broad base of support for the measure, which calls for setting aside 5 percent of oil and gas extraction revenues for conservation and outdoor recreation.
“It’s a very bold approach to a very serious problem we’re facing in this state,” said Buel Sonderland, a Fargo supporter who noted the steep loss of conservation acres, resulting in a significant loss of grassland habitat. “That’s what’s so important about this measure.”
Opponents of the conservation measure have sought to paint the proposal as being overwhelmingly backed by out-of-state environmental groups or financial interests.

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