NEW: Why Retention Alone Is Not
Retention, or distributed storage, will not eliminate the need for the upstream staging component of the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project. The staging area immediately upstream of the Fargo-Moorhead area is still necessary to offset the downstream impacts of the project for a variety of flood events.
NEW: Where's the Flood? Welcome to Every
Spring with the Diversion Project
Two of the last three years, the Red River Valley has enjoyed a spring
without significant flooding. This is a good time to
remember that the Diversion Project is designed to
provide this kind of relief every year from not only the Red River, but also
the Wild Rice, Sheyenne, Maple, Rush, and Lower Rush rivers.
Oxbow-Hickson-Bakke Levee Project Moves Forward
The flood protection ring levee project around the City of Oxbow, ND and communities of Hickson and Bakke has taken a positive step forward as the Cass County Joint Water Resource District has agreed to advertise for bids on the first phase of the Oxbow-Hickson-Bakke (OHB) Levee project.
The Invitation to Bid on the Oxbow-Hickson-Bakke Levee Project is located here in the Library.
A Public Notice of Pending Permit Evaluation for the Oxbow, Bakke, Hickson ring levee has been posted on the Corps of Engineers website. A copy can also be found in the Library section of FMDiversion.com at this link.
Federal Hearing Held on Diversion
A federal hearing on the F-M Area Diversion Project was held on April 3, 2014 in
Duluth, MN, at the Gerald W. Heaney Federal Building and Courthouse. The hearing
was on the Diversion Authority's motion to dismiss three of four counts of a
complaint filed by the Richland/Wilkin Joint Powers Authority (JPA).
NEW: Views Increase of Diversion Alignment
The number of internet views is increasing of a fly-over video utilizing
Google Earth animation and preliminary design line work of the F-M Area
Diversion Project. The video was posted earlier this year in the Video Library section.
Financing Option Considered for Local Share of Diversion Project
A financing plan involving special assessment-backed bonds on property within the Diversion alignment is being considered in order to finance the local North Dakota costs of the F-M Area Diversion Project. This plan would ultimately save taxpayer dollars.
Funding Ensures Continued Momentum on Diversion Project
F-M Area Diversion Project officials are pleased that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2014 work plan includes $6.3 million to complete the planning, engineering and design (PED) of the Project.
Senators Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven announced the funding.
Document Summarizes Top 11 Impact Reduction Efforts
A document summarizing the top refinements made to the F-M Area Diversion Project to limit impacts has been posted on fmdiversion.com. The “Project Refinements Limiting Impacts” document includes 11 examples of how local leaders and Project staff have continued to improve the Project.
Agriculture Risk Management Options Outlined
A new document provides a brief summary of available options for mitigating the agricultural risks from the Diversion Project. The draft “Evaluation of Agricultural Risk Management Options for the FM Area Diversion Project”, prepared by a top international crop insurance industry expert, was presented to several committees.
Field Surveys Along Southern Alignment Planned
The Corps of Engineers and the Diversion Authority will begin conducting field surveys along the project’s Southern Alignment (between the Diversion Inlet Structure and the Red River Control Structure and including the embankment to the east into Minnesota and the Overflow Embankment located adjacent to Cass County highway 17) as was done for other areas of the project.
The Diversion Authority has sent a letter to the Bank of North Dakota requesting an operating line of credit be established to help fund flood control projects planned for this year. The letter is posted in the Library.
Robust Construction Schedule Leads to Short Relocation Timeline in Oxbow
The federal appraisal process has begun on properties in the Oxbow, Hickson and Bakke, ND area which are affected by plans for a ring levee around the communities. The ring levee has an independent utility and will provide 500-year flood protection. In addition, the ring levee will protect the communities from water that would be stored upstream.
Current Alignment Reduces Impacts, Costs
Recently, an alternate plan was released by the Richland Wilkin JPA that proposes to construct a southern alignment that runs north of the confluence of the Wild Rice River and the Red River. This is similar to an alignment that was fully studied as part of the process followed by the Corps of Engineers to improve the Diversion Project by reducing risk, impacts to people, and the environment.
Organic Issues Considered for Agriculture Impacts Mitigation Plan
The Diversion Authority is widening its focus in the development of an
Agricultural Impacts Mitigation Plan to address concerns about how the
F-M Area Diversion Project will affect organic farming.
Authorization for Diversion Project Expected in 2014
Congress is nearing final passage of a new Water Resources Development
Act (WRDA), which is expected to contain authorization for the F-M Area
Diversion Project. A bipartisan conference is currently working to
reconcile the differences between the two versions of the bill that
passed the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate with overwhelming
support earlier this year.
Preliminary Retention Study Results Presented
The preliminary results of the Halstad, MN Upstream Retention (HUR)
study on upstream water detention options will
assist the Diversion Authority in deciding how to prioritize and
allocate $25 million the Authority has pledged for the development of
upstream retention projects.
Plan to Manage Acquired Properties Approved
The Diversion Authority has approved a plan to manage properties acquired to build and operate the Project. The plan will help the Authority exercise fiduciary and other responsibilities arising from acquired properties; address liability and risk; properly manage physical assets to be a good neighbor, and properly manage physical assets to allow construction and operation of the Project.
Corps Releases Final Environmental Assessment Documents on Proposed Diversion Project Changes
Col. Daniel C. Koprowski, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, has signed documents which detail proposed improvements and modifications to the Diversion Project. The documents update the Supplemental Environmental Assessment (EA).
Why Moorhead and Clay County Need the Diversion Project
The City of Moorhead has spent several years improving its flood
defenses. However, Moorhead and Clay County would still benefit from the
protection provided by the Diversion Project. Flooding of a severe
magnitude could still overtake parts of Moorhead and put great strain on
Governor Dalrymple Signs Bill to Fund FM Area Diversion
North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple has signed House Bill 1020, which
includes approximately $100 million for flood protection efforts in Cass
County. The legislation also provides legislative intent for $450
million in state funding for the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project
once certain conditions are met.
Assessment District for North Dakota Local Cost Share of Diversion Project Being Studied
A special assessment district is being considered for the North Dakota
local cost share of the FM Area Diversion Project. The assessment
district is expected to improve the cost of financing for the project.
However, revenues from the City and County sales taxes will be the
primary source of paying for the local share of the Project.
Diversion Authority and Oxbow Sign Agreement for Ring Levee
The Diversion Authority and City of Oxbow, ND have approved a finalized
“Memorandum of Understanding” (MOU), which outlines each organization’s
roles and responsibilities regarding the construction of a ring levee for Oxbow.
42.5 Feet Is Not Enough
To help combat floods in the short-term, Fargo has developed an interim goal to protect the city to 42.5 feet. This number has been used in a number of different ways, by a number of different people, to make a number of different arguments.
Before/After Maps Tell the Tale
Maps shown recently at public meetings, and posted here, show in detail what a 100-year flood and a 500-year flood would look like in the greater Fargo-Moorhead area…both today, and with the F-M Area Diversion Project in place.
Letters of support for the Diversion Project have been issued by The Business Leaders for Permanent Flood Protection Task Force and the City Council of the City of Harwood, ND. We are thankful for the support.
Document Corrects False Information on Diversion
Numerous studies have shown that the Diversion Project is the only project that can protect the Fargo-Moorhead area from the kind of flooding experts say is possible in the future. However, several pieces of false information regarding the Project have been circulating, which is why a document has been created to provide the facts.