FM Diversion – Fargo Moorhead Area Diversion Project

March 16, 2018

The Diversion Authority is seeking approval from the U.S. District Court of Minnesota to continue construction of flood protection systems for the cities of Fargo and Oxbow, ND.

March 16, 2018

The Diversion Board of Authority today voted to accept all recommendations from the Task Force formed by Governor Dayton and Governor Burgum and officially submit a new permit application to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR).

February 28, 2018

The Diversion Board of Authority has approved a study that will help gather data for establishing flowage easement calculations. Flowage easements will be needed in areas that are impacted by flood water when the FM Area Diversion Project would operate.

January 18, 2018

Leaders of the Diversion Board of Authority received a copy of the report from the Governors’ Task Force. The Board will review the document and discuss the report at the upcoming board meeting at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 18, at Fargo City Hall.

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What is the FM Area Diversion Project?

The FM Area Diversion Project will protect around 95,000 households and an estimated 140,000 jobs from 100-year flood events (33,000 cubic feet per second). The Project will also make fighting a 500-year flood event possible. The Project also provides an opportunity to remove flood insurance requirements for many that result in costly premiums leaving the community.

A catastrophic flood in Fargo and Moorhead could cause an estimated $10+ Billion in damages.

The Project includes three main components:

  • In-town Flood Protection
  • A Diversion Channel
  • A Southern Embankment with control structures and a temporary upstream staging area for floodwaters

Why is it needed?

The Fargo Moorhead Metropolitan area is prone to flooding. Flood fighting efforts cost the region millions of dollars. If these emergency flood fighting efforts were overwhelmed, the results would be catastrophic. The Fargo-Moorhead (FM) Area Diversion Project will establish permanent flood protection measures for the region.  Read more »

How is the Project funded?

In Millions

  • Local Funding
  • State of ND Funding
  • State of MN Funding
  • Federal Funding