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Corps of Engineers releases final Environmental Assessment package for changes to proposed Fargo, N.D./Moorhead, Minn., diversion channel

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Col. Daniel C. Koprowski, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, signed a ‘Finding of No Significant Impact’ for a final Environmental Assessment, or EA, Sept. 19, completed for the proposed Fargo, N.D./Moorhead, Minn., Metropolitan Area Flood Risk Management Project.
Published: 9/20/2013

Corps and Diversion Authority to host landowner meeting on proposed Fargo-Moorhead diversion project design updates

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, in cooperation with the Flood Diversion Board of Authority, will host a meeting June 26 to update potentially affected landowners within the project’s northern reaches 1-3 of the Fargo, N.D./Moorhead, Minn., Metropolitan Area Flood Risk Management Plan.
Published: 6/19/2013

Environmental Assessment public meeting for proposed Fargo-Moorhead diversion project

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, in cooperation with the Flood Diversion Board of Authority, will host a meeting June 25 to discuss the latest Environmental Assessment for the proposed Fargo, N.D./Moorhead, Minn., Metropolitan Flood Risk Management Plan.
Published: 6/19/2013

Public invited to comment on Fargo-Moorhead flood risk management project draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment

ST. PAUL, MINN. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, posted a copy of its Supplemental Draft Environmental Assessment, or EA, on the Internet today for the proposed Fargo, N.D.-Moorhead, Minn., Metropolitan Area Flood Risk Management project.
Published: 6/14/2013

Corps supports Minnesota DNR Fargo-Moorhead diversion EIS process

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, supports the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources efforts to scope and prepare a state Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Fargo, N.D./Moorhead, Minn., flood diversion project.
Published: 4/16/2013

Corps and Diversion Authority to host landowner meeting on proposed Oxbow area levee alternative

ST. PAUL, Minn. –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, in cooperation with the Flood Diversion Board of Authority will host a meeting Jan. 8 for landowners of the Oxbow, Bakke and Hickson area affected by the proposed Fargo, N.D./Moorhead, Minn., diversion channel.
Published: 12/18/2012

Corps and Diversion Authority move forward with new alignment

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, in cooperation with the Flood Diversion Board of Authority, announced yesterday, Nov. 8, the final diversion channel alignment for the proposed Fargo, N.D./Moorhead, Minn., Flood Risk Management Project.
Published: 11/9/2012

Fargo-Moorhead Metro

Constructing an emergency sandbag leveeFargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn., are on the west and east banks, respectively, of the Red River of the North approximately 150 miles south of the Canada/United States border. The Wild Rice, Sheyenne, Maple and Rush Rivers in North Dakota and the Buffalo River in Minnesota also cross the study area.

The Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area is a major health, educational, cultural, and commercial center. The area is prone to flooding; the Red River of the North has exceeded the National Weather Service flood stage of 18 feet in 50 of the past 112 years (1902 through 2013), and recently every year from 1993 through 2011 and in 2013. A 500-year event would flood nearly the entire city of Fargo, a large portion of the city of Moorhead, and several smaller communities in the area. Flooding occurs not only from the rivers, but also from large rainfall events that overwhelm storm drainage systems. Average annual flood damages are estimated at more than $195 million.

Although emergency flood fights have been very successful, the area is significantly vulnerable to flooding. Both the 1997 and 2009 flood events came close to overwhelming the emergency levee systems.

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