Red River Retention Authority
The Red River Retention Authority is comprised of members of the Red River Joint Water Resource District, a North Dakota political subdivision, and the Red River Watershed Management Board, a Minnesota political subdivision. The primary objective of the Red River Retention Authority is to ensure joint, comprehensive, and strategic coordination of retention projects in the Red River of the North watershed and facilitating implementation and construction of retention in the Red River Valley. The Authority and its members will aggressively pursue federal dollars to off-set local costs for retention projects, and will serve as an advocate for local projects in the federal regulatory process. Our Directors seek basin-wide solutions to realize effective flood protection and flood damage reduction, accomplished on a strategic project-by-project basis.
- The RRRA has been offered a Partnership Agreement with NRCS through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to provide funding for the implementation of PL556 watershed protection projects in the Basin. ($12 million) The RCPP is also a part of the 2014 Farm Bill. A map of the RCPP watershed project areas in the Red River Basin of the North can be viewed here.
- The RRRA has a special allocation of 2014 Farm Bill funding from NRCS for the Red River Basin to assist landowners/producers, watersheds and water districts to implement NRCS practices to assist in flood damage reduction practices on their lands. ($50 million)
On June 13, 2017, Co-chairman John Finney provided Congressional testimony to the Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry and responded to questions from the members of the Committee regarding Small Watershed Infrastructure: "Continuing the Mission, Building Upon Success." His testimony can be heard at https://youtu.be/INCrFRchsB8?t=4710 and begins at 1 hour 18 minutes and 30 seconds.