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Fargo-Moorhead diversion project receives $20 million in Corps work plan

Published May 25, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, received $20 million to continue construction of the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Flood Risk Management Project in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fiscal Year 2017 Work Plan released late yesterday.

These funds will allow the St. Paul District and its partners, the Diversion Authority and the cities of Fargo and Moorhead, to continue construction of the Diversion Inlet Structure, continue design of the Wild Rice River Control Structure and additional features of the southern embankment, as well as continue environmental monitoring and design of mitigation features associated with the project.

“Inclusion in this year’s work plan is good news,” said Col. Sam Calkins, St. Paul District commander. “This shows continued commitment to the project and will allow substantial progress.

Our goal is to complete this project as soon as feasible to both save money and reduce flood risk for the community,” Calkins continued. “The project could be completed as early as 2024.”

The federal project is a 30-mile long diversion channel in North Dakota with upstream staging. The plan includes a 12-mile long southern embankment, 19 highway bridges, four railroad bridges, three gated control structures and two aqueduct structures. It will reduce flood risk for more than 225,000 people and 70 square miles of infrastructure.

For additional Corps projects included in the work plan, see

The nearly 600 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the St. Paul District Fiscal Year 2016 $78 million budget, nearly 1,250 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $120 million to the national economy. For more information, see


Release no. 17-045