Diversion

Diversion Would Increase River Stage to 37 Feet Under New Plan

FARGO, N.D. – Fargo’s City Commission gets an update from the city’s engineering team about a new diversion plan. The presentation was not up for consideration. Engineers wanted the commission to be aware of the project they have been working on. They say the city may need to purchase additional land for it and most likely buy out more homes. “The…

Fargo City Engineer Mark Bittner Retires After 42 Years

He led the city through some of the worst floods in 1997 and 2009

FARGO, N.D. — Fargo’s Director of Engineering is retiring after leaving a lasting impact on how the city handles flooding. The city of Fargo had a retirement party for Mark Bittner to celebrate the 42 years he’s served with them. “I can’t thank them enough for all the support they’ve shown me over the years,” Bittner said. Bittner, who has…

Senator Hoeven Asks for $35 Million of Federal Funds to Support Diversion

The funds will go towards flood protection of Fargo as well as diversion design and engineering plans

FARGO, N.D. — While the Metro Flood Diversion Authority awaits a decision from the Minnesota DNR on the new diversion plan, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and Senator John Hoeven stress the need for flood protection across the valley. “This is a huge project, you’re talking more than $2 billion, but really important because this is a dynamic, growing region and…

Minnesota DNR Permit Decision On The FM Diversion Delayed Until Fall

Fargo Mayor Mahoney remains optimistic plan B will get approval

FARGO, N.D. — Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney says it will be September or October before the Minnesota DNR issues a decision on a permit application for the FM Diversion. Backers of the $2.4 billion project to protect Fargo-Moorhead from major flooding had hoped to hear a decision from the DNR by now. The project was halted last year by a…

Flood Diversion Authority Submits New Application to Minnesota DNR

The plan impacts much less of rural Minnesota, but adds 2,500 acres of impacted land in Cass County

FARGO, N.D. — After the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) denied the initial diversion application, engineers worked with the Flood Diversion Authority on a new plan that would significantly reduce the impact in rural Minnesota. “The only ones that it really impacts are the ones that are right along the river that were impacted anyway. And we have a highway…

Flood Diversion Task Force Releases Report on Construction Recommendations

The future of the greater Fargo–Moorhead area has been in question since the destructive flood of 1997

FARGO, ND — The Flood Diversion Task Force has released its recommendations, but does that mean construction will continue for the Red River diversion project? The future of the greater Fargo–Moorhead area has been in question since the destructive flood of 1997. But now, those fears may come to an end with new protections. “It gives people an opportunity to…

F-M Diversion Task Force Report to be Released

Mahoney says the proposal needs to qualify for DNR permits

  REGIONAL — A final report from the task force formed to help revive the stalled flood project for the Fargo-Moorhead area is expected to be released this week. Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney, who also chairs the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority, expects the final plan to be a hybrid of all the task force options. Mahoney says the proposal needs to…

FM Diversion Task Force Report Due This Week

Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney, who also chairs the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority, expects the final plan to be a hybrid of all the task force options.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) _ A task force formed to help revive a stalled flood project for the Fargo area discussed many options, but the city’s mayor is hoping for one recommendation from the group’s efforts. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton assembled the task force following a judge’s decision to shut down the $2.2 billion Red…

Sen. John Hoeven Praises Governors Dayton, Burgum on FM Diversion Task Force

The recommendations of the task force will be forwarded to the FM Diversion Authority

FARGO, ND — Senator John Hoeven is praising the work of Governors Doug Burgum and Mark Dayton on the FM Diversion Task Force. They recommended changes to the project to get the necessary permits from Minnesota for the work to continue. The senator spoke with both the Commander of the Mississippi Valley Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers…

FM Diversion Task Force Meets for Final Time, Says They’re Making Progress

They include sending more water through the river channel and moving a holding area closer to town

FARGO, ND — The Diversion Task Force met for the fifth and final time and made progress towards a solution for permanent flood protection in the metro. The task force is recommending large-scale changes to the Red River diversion project around Fargo-Moorhead. They include sending more water through the river channel and moving a holding area closer to town. The…