June 16th, 2017391The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' contractor is busy working at the site of the future FM Area Diversion Project Inlet and Control structure south of Horace.
Flyover video taken June 16, 2017
June 2nd, 201740The Forum of Fargo Moorhead posted a special section titled 'History in the Making' focused on flooding in the Fargo-Moorhead community and the Project.
See a PDF of the edition here.
Read online versions of the special below:
Inside the FM Diversion Series
Diverted waters: A long history of flooding leads to massive, contentious project
Recalling tough flood years, diversion leaders say collaboration key to long-term protection
Four members of North Dakota's delegation remember flood fights
Column: Community's darkest hour revealed spirit of Fargo
Contributions sought to help tell F-M area's...
April 16th, 2017399
Although it’s been twenty years since the spring of 1997, West Fargo homeowner Karen Kraft carries memories from those months with her as she walks across her yard.
“Over there, the kids were sledding down a snow pile while we were over here sandbagging the house,” she says, laughing. She casually shows the propane tank that flipped over during the flood leaving the family without heat. Now it’s tied to the ground. “There were so many memories. A lot of funny things happened, and you just had to laugh about some things.”
But there were times that were more stressful than amusing. The moment Kraft and her...
January 19th, 20171142Panel included City of Fargo, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Members of the FM Diversion Authority, U.S. Army of Corps of Engineers (Corps), and other leaders from around the region attended the Red River Basin Commission Conference in Fargo. The conference brought residents from the Red River Basin together to discuss land and water management issues. The event focuses on basin-wide education that results in improved management of natural resources.
Col. Samuel Calkins, the District Commander of the St. Paul District of the Corps, and City of Fargo engineer April Walker presented on...
October 6th, 20161167Numerous public leaders reconfirmed their commitment to building the FM Area Diversion Project this morning during a press conference at Fargo City Hall.
“Fargo and Moorhead need a permanent flood solution,” Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney said. “The reality is we have gotten over many hurdles with this project. It’s now a federally-authorized project and we have a Joint Powers Agreement. We need a solution and this is not the time to put on the brakes.”
“We need to work together on this,” Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams said. “This is not a Minnesota thing. It’s not a North Dakota thing. I love my state and I’m proud of...
July 11th, 20161342(July 11, 2016) – The Mayors of Fargo and Moorhead, the Chair of the Flood Diversion Board of Authority, and the Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Lowry Crook today signed a Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) for the FM Area Diversion Project.
Signing of the Diversion Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) at The Stage in Fargo July 11th 2016. View full video
The PPA is the official agreement that marks the beginning of the Diversion Project’s construction phase. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is anticipated to begin construction this fall.
“Today starts a new chapter for flood protection...
June 1st, 2016925A year ago, Sen. Hoeven hosted the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation, Roy Wright. Wright came to town to meet with local officials to talk about FEMA’s role in floodplain management and the current efforts underway to build flood protection.
Up to 20,000 homes will be prevented from being remapped into the 100-year (1% annual chance) floodplain by FEMA when the Diversion Project is constructed. Lately though, there have been increased questions about when or even if FEMA will remap.
FEMA administers the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and provides authoritative flood...
May 16th, 20161596The Diversion Authority is ready to move to the next stage of building permanent flood protection for the Fargo-Moorhead area following the release by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) of its Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the FM Area Diversion Project.
The summary document of the Final EIS says that the DNR did not identify any additional reasonable alternatives to the Diversion Project. "Commenters to the Minnesota DNR's alternative screening of the Project attempted to provide solutions to our flooding problem other than the Diversion, but it is important to note that after studying each of these...
December 29th, 20151051
The Diversion Project continues to receive good report cards from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. According to Col. Daniel C. Koprowski, commander of the Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, the Corps has been very impressed by the teamwork and collaboration between the sponsors and the Corps.
“That is a large reason, I think, that this project is now one of the Corps’ demonstration projects. And what that means is that there is momentum behind it at the Corps,” said Col. Koprowsi, speaking at the December 17 meeting of the Diversion Authority.
“We’re going to continue to collaborate and work on solutions,”...
November 25th, 20151024An organization representing businesses in Moorhead, MN has announced its official support for the FM Area Diversion Project.
The Moorhead Business Association submitted a letter of support for the project to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) during the MN DNR’s public comment period on its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) regarding the Diversion Project.
“I thought that was very nice to see,” said Kevin Campbell, Clay County Commissioner and member of the Diversion Authority board. “I was also pleased to see that some additional Moorhead Council members sent out a letter to the editor in support...
August 24th, 2015611
The FM Area Diversion Project is the only project which is capable of negating the predicted sharp rise in flood insurance premiums for thousands of Fargo homeowners in the coming years.
Dr. Tim Mahoney, Mayor of the City of Fargo, delivered that message to the North Dakota Water Topics Overview Committee earlier this month.
A Long Way to Go
Mayor Mahoney began his testimony by summarizing great strides the City of Fargo has made to protect residents, businesses and infrastructure. “Since 2009, we have built 15 miles of permanent earthen levees and another mile of flood wall. These improvements have reduced our sandbagging...
August 24th, 20151214
Some recent public discussions that have tried to explain the differences in valuation of real property methods have led to confusion and misunderstanding regarding the process being followed to relocate and rebuild homes in Oxbow, ND. The work in Oxbow is being done to move homeowners to the protected area of a ring levee which will protect Oxbow and the communities of Hickson and Bakke from water that would be stored upstream of Fargo-Moorhead by the FM Area Diversion Project.
Gary Bock of GE Bock Real Estate provided a document to the Diversion Authority in order to shed some light on the differences in valuation between appraisals...
July 23rd, 2015614
Imagine a situation in which you have to move and rebuild your home in a new area. That’s something Chad Peterson, Chairman of the Cass County Commission, asked members of the FM Area Diversion Project’s Land Management Committee to consider.
“How many of us could rebuild our house for our assessed value right now? There is no way most of us sitting here could rebuild our house for the current assessed value,” said Peterson.
Yet that’s the challenge faced by homeowners in Oxbow, ND. Their homes are in the process of being relocated and rebuilt in the protected area of a new ring levee. The levee will protect Oxbow, as...
June 23rd, 2015527Realtor Kevin Fisher is worried about what he’s seeing in the local housing industry. However, once the FM Area Diversion Project is built, most, if not all, of his flood-related concerns will disappear.
His concerns stem, in part, from news that in five years, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will return to the FM area to remap the 100-year floodplain. Without a diversion project, almost 20,000 residences could be added to the floodplain, requiring costly flood insurance mandates. Approximately 800 of these homes are located in Moorhead, MN.
“As a home owner who lives on the south side, and as a real estate agent who...
May 26th, 2015624An updated report illustrates how much the workforce of the Fargo-Moorhead area, and surrounding counties, depends on the construction of permanent flood protection.
The Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation (GFMEDC) issued the original version of the report following the devastating flood of 2009, during which the Red River peaked at 40.8 feet in Fargo. The updated GFMEDC report, titled “Regional Economic Impact of Cass County, ND and Clay County, MN”, was presented to the Diversion Project Board of Authority on May 14. The Board oversees the F-M Area Diversion Project, which will establish permanent flood...
April 16th, 2015468This was no April Fool’s joke. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation, Roy Wright, visited Fargo on April 1 to warn that FEMA has plans to come back to the region in five years and start remapping the 100-year floodplain.
FEMA’s recent floodplain update, which put 2,000 residences into the floodplain, was just implemented in January. Now, in the wake of Wright’s announcement, local officials warn that FEMA’s latest remapping plans could put almost 20,000 residents into the floodplain, requiring costly flood insurance mandates.
U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), who invited...
April 16th, 2015668The Fargo-Moorhead (FM) Area Diversion Project will not only protect Fargo, ND from extreme flooding; it will also provide many valuable benefits to neighboring communities such as West Fargo and Harwood, ND; and Moorhead, MN.
The Diversion Project routes flood flows from the Red, Sheyenne, Wild Rice, Maple, Rush and Lower Rush rivers around the FM area. It will provide a greater level of flood protection than in-town levees alone, and will operate in conjunction with the levees.
Benefits to West Fargo, ND
Even though West Fargo receives flood risk reduction from the Sheyenne River through benefits from the Sheyenne Diversion, the...
February 12th, 2015359Construction on the F-M Area Diversion Project is ready to begin as early as 2016 under a private financing plan which could save a significant amount of money and cut the federal share of the project in half, as well as reduce the number of years needed to complete the work.
“That's a remarkable opportunity that we don't get very often,” said U.S. Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) at a February meeting between fellow members of the North Dakota and Minnesota Congressional delegations; Diversion Authority members; and Major General Michael C. Wehr, Commander of the Mississippi Valley Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.