FM Diversion – Fargo Moorhead Area Diversion Project

April 20th, 20180534 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. The request for a partial lifting of the injunction from Chief Judge John Tunheim comes on the heels of a new permit application for the FM Area Diversion Project submitted to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) following months of meetings and collaboration. In the communications between the Diversion Authority and the MDNR, the MDNR has stated it has no objection to completion of the limited work being requested. The FM Diversion Project is...

March 16th, 201801647 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).  “It is time for the Diversion Authority to make this official.” said Board Chair and Mayor of Moorhead Del Rae Williams. “We are looking forward to working with the DNR over the next several months through an iterative and detailed review of the permit application.” Notable changes include: Allowing an additional 2-feet of water through Fargo-Moorhead during a 100-year flood. Changing...

March 9th, 201801785 The Diversion Board of Authority today announced it will be submitting a new permit application to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). “We are ready to submit to the DNR a new proposal for a comprehensive flood protection for our region.” said Board Chair and Mayor of Moorhead Del Rae Williams. The project outlined in the new permit application incorporates all the changes recommended by the Task Force formed by Governor Dayton and Governor Burgum. “This project and permit application were not developed in a vacuum. Thanks is due to the thousands of individuals who have taken part in public meetings, public...

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Project Perspectives

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 »

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