The Diversion would protect 1 in 5 of all North Dakotans.
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. The current plan includes a 20,000 cubic feet per second, 36-mile long diversion channel with 32,500 acres of upstream staging. The total width of the channel is 1,500-1,600 feet, which includes a bottom width of 300-400 feet, side slopes, excavated material berms, and adjacent lateral drains.