Fargo Moorhead Diversion

Flooding Threatens Buildings in Fargo

The Fargo Moorhead Diversion

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, 1,500 foot-wide diversion channel with 32,500 acres of upstream staging. Read more about why the Diversion is needed.


Breaking News

Construction Underway on OHB Levee

Construction is underway on the Oxbow-Hickson-Bakke (OHB) Levee project, which will independently provide approximately 200 residences in North Dakota with permanent flood protection and is designed as part of the overall Diversion Project as a mitigation.

A Look at the Aesthetics of Fargo’s 2nd Street Flood Protection Project

Plans for Fargo’s 2nd Street flood control project are moving forward with new designs for landscaping and the selection of materials to be used on flood walls and other architecture. This project is designed to work in conjunction with the F-M Area Diversion Project to provide the City of Fargo with optimal flood protection.

Federal Aid to Help Address Basin-Wide Concerns

Targeted conservation funding of up to $50 million will be available over the next five years in the Red River Basin to minimize flooding, boost soil health, improve water quality and enhance wildlife habitat in the watershed. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was among those who made the announcement.

Diversion Project Business Task Force Meets

The Business Leaders for Permanent Flood Protection task force met on Wednesday, July 9 and focused exclusively on Minnesota

Impacts to Cemeteries to be Mitigated Fairly and Cooperatively

A report has been posted in the Library.which details a Corps of Engineers study of cemeteries in the Fargo-Moorhead region. The Cemetery Study outlines the current impacts to area cemeteries prone to flooding and the efforts that have been successful during previous floods to mitigate the impacts. In addition, the report lists several potential mitigation options for cemeteries impacted by the Diversion Project.

Funding Update Provided to North Dakota Water Topics Overview Committee

The chairman of the Flood Diversion Board of Authority, Darrell Vanyo, has updated the North Dakota Water Topics Overview Committee regarding funding for the F-M Area Diversion Project. The complete document comprising Vanyo’s testimony is available in the Library.

Presidential Signature Authorizes F-M Area Diversion Project Construction

President Obama has signed a bill into law which authorizes construction to move forward on the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project. The signing of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) marks a critical step to acquiring federal funding for the Project, which will build permanent flood protection for approximately 200,000 people in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Retention Projects Have Potential to Reduce Impacts in Staging Area

The F-M Area Diversion Project’s Staging Area immediately upstream of Fargo-Moorhead is an essential part of the Project. Without it, the amount of water which would pass through the Fargo-Moorhead area during times of severe flooding, and the corresponding impacts downstream, could not be managed adequately. However, the placement of additional water retention projects upstream could lessen the frequency in which the Diversion’s Staging Area would need to be used.

Bids and Requests for Proposals/Qualifications are located in the Library.

Various permits for the Oxbow-Hickson-Bakke Levee project have been posted in the Library.

Diversion Coordination with Minnesota DNR Ongoing

The technical team supporting the development of the F-M Area Diversion Project has been busy working with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and several other agencies to maintain communication essential to completion of the Project.

How Intown Levees Improve the Diversion Project

The Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project is essential to provide F-M residents with the permanent flood protection they need and deserve. Levees under construction within Fargo-Moorhead will work in conjunction with the Diversion Project to make the Project more efficient and reduce impacts upstream by allowing more water to pass through town.

Residents to be Treated Fairly During Intown Acquisitions

People affected by property acquisitions along 2nd Street in downtown Fargo which will make way for a permanent floodwall will be getting answers soon. The Diversion Authority will be acquiring several properties near downtown to continue the construction of intown levies which will improve flood protection through Fargo.

Why Retention Alone Is Not Enough

Retention, or distributed storage, will not eliminate the need for the upstream staging component of the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project. The staging area immediately upstream of the Fargo-Moorhead area is still necessary to offset the downstream impacts of the project for a variety of flood events.

Oxbow-Hickson-Bakke Levee Project Moves Forward

The flood protection ring levee project around the City of Oxbow, ND and communities of Hickson and Bakke has taken a positive step forward as the Cass County Joint Water Resource District has agreed to advertise for bids on the first phase of the Oxbow-Hickson-Bakke (OHB) Levee project.

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 city infrastructure.

Document Summarizes Top 11 Impact Reduction Efforts

A document summarizing the top refinements made to the F-M Area Diversion Project to limit impacts has been posted on fmdiversion.com. The “Project Refinements Limiting Impacts” document includes 11 examples of how local leaders and Project staff have continued to improve the Project.

Views Increase of Diversion Alignment Fly-Over

The number of internet views is increasing of a fly-over video utilizing Google Earth animation and preliminary design line work of the F-M Area Diversion Project.  The video was posted earlier this year in the Video Library section and is available for viewing or download in Windows Media format or MP4 format.

Financing Option Considered for Local Share of Diversion Project

A financing plan involving special assessment-backed bonds on property within the Diversion alignment is being considered in order to finance the local North Dakota costs of the F-M Area Diversion Project. This plan would ultimately save taxpayer dollars.

Funding Ensures Continued Momentum on Diversion Project

F-M Area Diversion Project officials are pleased that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2014 work plan includes $6.3 million to complete the planning, engineering and design (PED) of the Project. Senators Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven announced the funding.

Agriculture Risk Management Options Outlined

A new document provides a brief summary of available options for mitigating the agricultural risks from the Diversion Project. The draft “Evaluation of Agricultural Risk Management Options for the FM Area Diversion Project”, prepared by a top international crop insurance industry expert, was presented to several committees.

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.

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.

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.



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