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.
Diversion Authority and State of Minnesota Agree on Environmental Impact Statement
The Flood Diversion Board of Authority and the State of Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have agreed on contract terms to complete an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project.
Diversion Alignment Fly-Over Video with Narration Posted
A video utilizing Google Earth animation and preliminary design line work by the Corps of Engineers of the F-M Area Diversion Project has been posted in the Video Library section.
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.
Updated Map of Diversion Project Released
Engineers have released an updated map of the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project’s alignment and features. The release follows Corps of Engineers approval in September of documents which detail improvements and modifications to the Project.
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.