Feds have money to help habitat, flood prevention

The federal government is spending $7 million to improve Red River Valley waterfowl habitat.

Minnesota’s federal congressional delegation also says the money will help prevent floods.

“Increasing wildlife habitat will help ensure that duck hunters and other outdoors enthusiasts can enjoy the Red River Valley’s natural resources for years to come,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar said.

Sen. Al Franken emphasized the flood prevention efforts, which he said would help valley residents for decades.

The federal money will go to some landowners who agree to store water on their frequently flooded land. That slows water movement to the river, and thus slows flooding.

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