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Manitoba could get polluted water from U.S. after court ruling

Manitoba could get polluted water from U.S. after court ruling
From CBC - August 11, 2017

A U.S. federal judge has cleared the way for the completion of a $244-million water project that could possibly bring harmful bacteria to Manitoba's Hudson Bay Basin.

U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer in Washington, D.C., ruled Thursdaythat the Northwest AreaWaterSupply project complies with federal environmental law. The project will bring Missouri Riverwaterto residents of northwestern North Dakota. From there, water from North Dakota flows into Manitobawaterways.

NAWSwas first authorized by Congress in 1986, but it's been tiedup in the courts the last 15 years. Manitoba sued in 2002, whenconstruction began, over concerns about the pipeline's possibletransfer of harmful bacteria or other agents from the Missouri RiverBasin to the Hudson Bay Basin north of the border.

Missouri sued in 2009 over fears that the pipeline would depleteone of its key sources ofwater. The Missouri River provideswaterto 3 million Missouri residents and is vital to the state's shippingand agriculture industries.

The U.S.federal Bureau of Reclamation in 2015 released its final environmental study on the project, calling for more stringentwater treatment. Collyer said the study satisfies federal law requirements, and she ruled in favour of the U.S. government while rejecting Manitoba's claim and dismissing Missouri's.

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