The Task Force established by North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton met for a second time on Wednesday, Nov. 1, in Moorhead. The group is working to find solutions and a path forward to protect Fargo and Moorhead from flooding.
“I thought it was a very good day,” Gov. Dayton said after the meeting on Wednesday. “We made really good progress. I thought it was a very informed discussion and we have an excellent group.”
“I thought we had another very productive meeting today,” Gov. Burgum said. “The task force members bring a diverse set of viewpoints but all collaborating towards an end goal. I think we have a lot of work ahead of us. There are still some big challenges. The solution is very complex but we are continuing to make progress under a tight timeline.”
Both Governors said they were pleased with the decisions made by the group and noted the complexity of finding a solution to meet the task force goals.
At the meeting, task force members unanimously approved three items
- The Task Force charter was approved
- The group will pursue 33,000 Cubic Feet per Second (CFS) as the flow data for a 100-year flood level
- A technical advisory group will be convened by both governors to solicit and consider alternatives for meeting flood risk management goals.
Task force members include both governors and:
- Jason Benson, Cass County Engineer
- Ron Bergan, Fargo business leader and entrepreneur
- Nathan Berseth, Richland County Commissioner
- Bernie Dardis, Greater North Dakota Chamber Board Chairman
- Craig Hertsgaard, Richland County farmer
- Tami Norgard, Natural resources attorney
- John Strand, Fargo City Commissioner
- Ken Vein, Grand Forks City Council member
- Del Rae Williams, Moorhead Mayor
- Heidi Durand, Moorhead City Council Member
- Joel Paulsen, Moorhead City Council Member
- Jenny Mongeau, Clay County Commissioner
- Tim Fox, Former Wilkin County Attorney
- Mark Anderson, Treasurer of Buffalo-Red River Watershed District
- Curt Johannsen, Hendrum Mayor
- Steve Jacobson, Norman County Commissioner
The task force is charged with presenting recommendations by Dec. 15.
- Gov. Burgum Speaks in Support of Diversion Funding in 2019-2021 SWC Budget — January 22, 2019
- Diversion Authority statement on Minnesota DNR draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement — August 27, 2018
- Diversion Authority statement on the Minnesota DNR’s Project Permit Decision — December 27, 2018
- Moorhead, Clay County form Joint Powers Authority to Support Implementation of the FM Area Diversion Project — August 15, 2019