ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Fargo, North Dakota/Moorhead, Minnesota, flood risk management project achieved another milestone today, Feb. 9, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its 2016 Work Plan which includes construction funding in the amount of $5 million for the project.
This action resulted from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, passed by Congress Dec. 18, 2015. Federal construction of the project can now begin.
The project will reduce flood risk for more than 225,000 people and 70 square miles of infrastructure and will involve the construction of a 36-mile long diversion channel located in North Dakota that will direct floodwater around the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area. During major floods, the project will temporarily store up to 150,000 acre-feet of floodwater immediately upstream of the diversion channel inlet in order to minimize downstream impacts.
“Today’s announcement is the product of incredible effort by a dedicated team that’s been working on this since 2008,” said Col. Dan Koprowski, commander of the Corps’ St. Paul District. “This is an important milestone for the project, as it allows us to move forward with construction, but there’s more to do. We will continue to work with our partners and the community to secure future funding and refine the project so that we can deliver benefits faster and more efficiently."
Now that the project has been funded for construction by Congress, the Corps, in partnership with the Diversion Authority, will proceed with execution of a project partnership agreement and initiate construction.
The work plan listing the amounts provided to various programs, projects and activities for each of the four appropriations accounts can be found at http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Budget.aspx.
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 Corps’ Fiscal Year 2015 $100 million budget, nearly 1,600 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $155 million to the national economy. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil.