Preliminary Retention Study Results Presented
The preliminary results of the Halstad, MN Upstream Retention (HUR)
study on upstream water detention options were presented to the Flood
Diversion Board of Authority at its November meeting. The results will
assist the Diversion Authority in deciding how to prioritize and
allocate $25 million the Authority has pledged for the development of
upstream retention projects.
Diversion Authority Approves Plan to Mitigate Ag Impacts
The Diversion Authority has approved the development of an Agricultural
Impacts Mitigation Plan, which includes providing flowage easements and
supplemental crop insurance for lands impacted by the proposed F-M Area
U.S. House and Senate Agree to Meet on Authorization for F-M Area Diversion
The U.S. House and Senate have agreed to go to conference on their
respective versions of water infrastructure bills that would authorize
the F-M Area Diversion Project and other navigation, flood control and
wetland restoration projects.
Updated Map of Diversion Project Released
Engineers have released an updated map of the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project’s alignment and features. The release follows Corps of Engineers approval in September of documents which detail improvements and modifications to the Project.
Plan to Manage Acquired Properties Approved
The Diversion Authority has approved a plan to manage properties acquired to build and operate the Project.
Corps Releases Final Environmental Assessment Documents on Proposed Diversion Project Changes
Col. Daniel C. Koprowski, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, has signed new documents which detail proposed improvements and modifications to the Diversion Project. The documents update the Supplemental Environmental Assessment (EA), which focused on the proposed changes to the project since the completion of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) dated July, 2011. The updated documents are now posted here on fmdiversion.com in the Supplemental EA section.
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
Legislation with Authorization for Diversion Project Passes House Committee
The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has unanimously approved bipartisan water resources reform legislation that contains authorization for the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project. The Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) is anticipated to receive a vote in the U.S. House in the next couple of months.
U.S. Senate Passes Bill Authorizing Diversion
A measure that would provide federal authorization for the
Fargo-Moorhead (FM) Area Diversion Project, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2013 (S. 601), has passed the U.S. Senate.
Read Senator Hoeven's statements here.
Read Senator Heitkamp's statements here.
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.
New 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 new document has been created to provide the facts.