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Cramer Meets to Discuss Border Dike

Aug 22, 2017
Press Release


PEMBINA, ND – Congressman Kevin Cramer met last Friday with impacted landowners and officials to discuss the longstanding U.S. – Canada border dike issue in southern Manitoba and northern Pembina County, North Dakota.

The issue centers upon a Canadian road constructed around 1940, which has blocked waters from otherwise flowing north into Canada and damaging property in the U.S.  Also central to the issue is the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909, which was established to prevent disputes and settle questions between the two countries relating to boundary waters.  Local U.S. government entities and affected landowners have been in extended litigation against the government of Manitoba and rural municipality of Rhineland.

“I appreciate the briefing and on site visit to the Pembina Border Dike,” said Cramer.  “The core of this issue here is blocking water on one side leads to damage on the other side.  Water issues are complicated and more so when involving two countries.  That said, I will continue this conversation with the State Department as well as my colleagues in the Northern Border Caucus in an effort to work with our Canadian friends to bring this to a conclusion that benefits both sides.  I was pleased to see the new Consul in Winnipeg join the meeting as it shows how important this issue is to their Administration.”