Diversion

Bill Passed Funding ND Flood Projects, Well Below F-M Diversion Expectations

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Legislature passes a bill funding flood projects, but comes far short of what local officials and Gov. Doug Burgum are seeking for the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion. The measure gives $750 million to the project. Total state funding approved for the diversion is $120 million less than what the Diversion Authority wants. The overall cost of…

Renegotiation Results In $300 Million Boost In Flood Protection For Red River Valley

Senator John Hoeven says the federal funding is essential to move Plan B forward

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Red River Valley flood protection just got an additional $300 million boost in federal money after the Assistant Secretary of the Army approved a renegotiation. “What this means now is that instead of funding $450 million for permanent flood protection, the Corp of Engineers will now fund $750 million for permanent flood protection in the Red River Valley,”…

Chamber of Commerce Hosts Conference to Provide Update on F-M Diversion

Speakers included Kelly Armstrong, Mary Scherling, and Al Carlson

MOORHEAD, Minn. — With the threat of flooding increasing, the Chamber of Commerce held a conference to update people on the F–M Diversion. Speakers include North Dakota Congresssman Kelly Armstrong, Cass County Commissioner Mary Scherling, and former North Dakota House Majority Leader Al Carlson. The Board of Authority says the first thing come spring will be to work on reaching out…

Metro Business Leaders Speak with Legislators in Bismarck

This year marks the fourth time the FMWF Chamber has made the trip to the capitol

BISMARCK, N.D. — Business leaders from across the metro journey to Bismarck this week to speak with legislators. 50 Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber members get a chance to talk about the F–M Diversion and how it affects their businesses. Chamber President Craig Whitney says it’s important for business leaders to make their voices heard at the state level so lawmakers…

Minnesota DNR Approves Permit for FM Flood Diversion Project

The approval comes two years after initial construction was halted

FARGO, N.D. — The FM Flood Diversion Project is moving forward after its permit was approved by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Two years ago, construction on the FM Diversion project was halted near Oxbow after concerns over the project’s environmental impact. After waiting several months for a decision on the plan B proposal, members of the F–M…

Local Leaders Discuss Diversion Progress, Additional Federal Funding

Senator John Hoeven and Major General Scott Spellmon were briefed on the current status of the project

FARGO, N.D. — As the Deputy Commanding Officer for Civil and Emergency Operations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Major General Scott Spellmon is used to dealing with natural disasters. But as he goes around the country to help out others, he looks to one day stop a catastrophe before it even happens. “He’s going from here to Florida. Now…

Cass County Commissioners Bring Legislators Up to Speed on Diversion Updates

Some commissioners anticipate a decision from the Minnesota DNR will be made in the winter

FARGO, N.D. — While the FM Diversion Authority awaits a decision from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), state legislators and legislative candidates learned about the project’s progress. Cass County Commissioners and engineers discussed the project’s history and why flood protection is important for people living in the Red River Valley. With several legislators and candidates in attendance, commissioners say…

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Minn. DNR Hold Public Meeting on F-M Diversion

The public got to learn about and comment on environmental impact drafts

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Minnesota DNR held a public meeting in hopes of getting feedback from the community. People who showed up at the Courtyard by Marriott got to see environmental drafts for the revised diversion plan. The USACE says that two big parts of the project have changed. “One is that…