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A major step for the Red River Diversion

WASHINGTON (KFGO AM) -- The U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed the $8.2 billion Water Resources Reform and Development Act. 

The bill authorizes a number of water projects including the proposed F-M Diversion flood protection project.

Differences between the House and Senate bill that was passed in May, will now have to be worked out in committee before final approval.

Project authorization is a critical step in getting federal funding but doesn't guarantee it.

Local leaders say the next big hurdle will be securing the $800 million federal share.