Hoeven Updates Patterson Lake Homeowners on Plan to Pass Provision Enabling Them to Purchase Lots

Senator Working to Include His Legislation in Senate WRDA Bill in Coming Weeks

DICKINSON, N.D. – In a meeting with Patterson Lake homeowners and area officials today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his provision to enable homeowners to purchase their lots. Hoeven included the Patterson Lake provision in a package of bills to be added to the Senate’s Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which he expects the Senate will pass by Labor Day.

“By enabling Patterson Lake homeowners to purchase their land, we can help them secure their properties for future investment,” Hoeven said. “We appreciate the homeowners and local, state and federal officials who have worked with us on our legislation. We have included our bill in a package of bills we’re working to add to WRDA, which the Senate will consider in the coming weeks and which I believe we can pass by Labor Day.”

Hoeven’s legislation transfers 41 cabin lots at Patterson Lake, as well as additional recreation and wildlife management lands, to the Dickinson Parks and Recreation Department. Homeowners could then purchase their lots from the department.

Proceeds exceeding the costs of preparing residential lots for sale would be used for administrative costs and deferred maintenance of the dam. The Bureau of Reclamation would continue to maintain responsibility over the reservoir and dam. 

Hoeven is a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee which approved his bill earlier this year. The senator introduced the legislation last year.