Water Is Key To Sustainable Growth In North Dakota

Thanks to Williston Mayor Koesen, Parshall auditor Loren Hoffman, and many others for coming to Fargo to address our city and state leaders this week.  If you watch this video of their presentation, it gives a real world example of ways North Dakotans can work together for water access and distribution.

The presentation pertains to a few of the key components needed for comprehensive water management.  Loren Hoffman tells the story of a dying town reborn through one working example of water for economic development that benefits neighbors working together like Parshall and the Three Affiliated Tribes among others.

The Three Affiliated Tribes are working on incorporating more renewable energy into their infrastructure to improve sustainability for energy as pictured above.

Parshall working with the Three Affiliate Tribes has now been able to fund new equipment and a new library for area residents due to revenues from water sales that are projected to be $5 – 7 million dollars this year.

On our recent visit to Stanley, Willistion, Tioga, and Bismarck, I invited former Parshall city auditor Loren Hoffman and Williston Mayor Wade Koeser and others to address my fellow commissioners, area legislators, city staff and other interested parties at this months Fargo’s Renewable Energy and Conservation Committee meeting.
Wade Koeser pictured above, is Mayor of Williston and an excellent ambassador for working together to grow North Dakota in a vibrant and sustainable manner.

We’ve made this important and exciting presentation available as a video on demand feature on our cityoffargo.com website.  It will take a few minutes to download but it’s worth the wait.
Long term water planning and projects that foster acknowledging water as a precious resource that we can’t live and grow without is vital and timely.

Water should not be looked upon as a nuisance.  We need to work together for our common goals with comprehensive strategies to conserve and manage water.  This will include many various water management aspects: access, distribution, retention, detention, mitigation, and diversion.

Working together to develop and share our resources in a clean, sustainable manner, is good for all North Dakotans, our region, and for our country.

We all do better when we all do better!