Project News

USACE Awards $59 Million Contract to Build Wild Rice River Control Structure

USACE Awards $59 Million Contract to Build Wild Rice River Control Structure

Read about the contract at the USACE St. Paul District Website Read about the contract on Sen. John Hoven’s Website The following is a press release from Sen. John Hoeven’s Office HOEVEN: CORPS AWARDS $59 MILLION CONTRACT FOR RED RIVER VALLEY FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT FARGO, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after
Right of Entry Requested from Landowners to Help Resolve Project Questions

Right of Entry Requested from Landowners to Help Resolve Project Questions

Right of Entry Requested from Landowners to Help Resolve Project Questions The Moorhead Clay County Joint Powers Authority on behalf of the Diversion Authority asked Clay County on Nov. 26, 2019 to move forward on the next step in the process to obtain Rights-Of-Entry (ROEs) on 17 properties located throughout Clay County in order to
Visit with the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works)

Visit with the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works)

In early November, Sen. John Hoeven, Gov. Doug Burgum and members of the Diversion Authority welcomed the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (ASA) Mr. R.D. James to North Dakota. James was appointed by President Trump to oversee the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “This is one of the most impressive projects that
Judge Narrows Scope of JPA’s Challenge to Permit

Judge Narrows Scope of JPA’s Challenge to Permit

Judge Narrows Scope of JPA’s Challenge to Permit Read the Ruling In the matter challenging the issuance of the Dam Safety and Public Waters Work Permit No. 2018-0819 previously granted to the FM Area Diversion Project (Project), Administrative Law Judge Ann O’Reilly ruled on two motions Sept. 27, 2019. The ruling found the motions by
Load More

FM Diversion on Twitter

Property Rights Acquisition and Mitigation

Learn About the Project

Recent Project Activities

USACE Awards $59 Million Contract to Build Wild Rice River Control Structure

USACE Awards $59 Million Contract to Build Wild Rice River Control Structure

Read about the contract at the USACE St. Paul District

Right of Entry Requested from Landowners to Help Resolve Project Questions

Right of Entry Requested from Landowners to Help Resolve Project Questions

Right of Entry Requested from Landowners to Help Resolve Project

Diversion Authority Meeting Minutes – Nov. 21, 2019

Diversion Authority Meeting Minutes November 21, 2019 Meeting Minutes from

USACE Monthly Update – November 2019

Monthly Update to the Diversion Board of Authority November 2019

Load More

Find Project Documents or Resources

Construction and Bidding News

USACE Awards $59 Million Contract to Build Wild Rice River Control Structure

USACE Awards $59 Million Contract to Build Wild Rice River Control Structure

Read about the contract at the USACE St. Paul District Website Read about the contract on Sen. John Hoven’s Website
Diversion Authority Moves Forward with Recommencing P3 Procurement

Diversion Authority Moves Forward with Recommencing P3 Procurement

Diversion Authority Moves Forward with Recommencing P3 Procurement The Diversion Board of Authority voted to approve a task order at
Diversion Authority receives ND phased permit for Wild Rice River Control Structure

Diversion Authority receives ND phased permit for Wild Rice River Control Structure

Diversion Authority receives ND phased permit for Wild Rice River Control Structure The North Dakota State Engineer has issued a
July 2019 Update from the U.S. Army Corps

July 2019 Update from the U.S. Army Corps

July 2019 Update from the U.S. Army Corps The U.S. Army Corps provided an update to the Diversion Board of

Project History

Flood of 1997

River Crests: 39.5 Feet

The 98.6 inches of snow in Fargo and quick melt in April created a huge flood that threatened many cities along the Red River. Bruce Furness, mayor of Fargo at the time, noted that many volunteers came together to save the city. Communities like Grand Forks sustained major damage.

Cass County initiates Flood Mitigation Study

May 1997

After the devastating flood of 1997 in the Red River Valley, Cass County leaders initiate a study to find a permanent solution to flooding in the region.

Study recommends Southside Flood Protection Project

January 2001

Studies of different options focused on protecting neighborhoods in the City of Fargo. The recommendation was part of the Southside Protection Plan.

$9.5 Million FEMA Grant for study

February 2001

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) gives $9.5 Million to study solutions for flooding in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Funds/Project transferred to the City of Fargo

January 2002

Funds/Project transferred to the City of Fargo

4 Alternatives presented to the public

January 2006

Four project alternatives were presented to the public for review and comment.

U.S. Army Corps begins federal feasibility study

January 2008

The St. Paul District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began the Fargo-Moorhead Metro Feasibility Study. The study was authorized by Congress in 1974.

5 options presented to public

January 2008

Five project options were presented to the public for flood protection. These were all part of the Southside Flood Protection Plan.

ND and MN begin working on joint flood control project

Early 2008

ND and MN Governors Hoeven and Pawlenty, along with Senators Conrad, Dorgan, and Klobuchar voice support for a two-state led flood control project.

60+ meetings about project plans

Spring 2008

More than 60 public meetings are hosted in and around the City of Fargo to evaluate various options included in the Southside Flood Protection Plan.

Cost sharing for metro-wide plan

Fall 2008

Leaders in Fargo and Moorhead agree to share the cost of a metro-wide flood plan to be completed in partnership with the Corps.

Metro Flood Management Committee formed

February 2009

The Metro Flood Management Committee consisted of elected officials from Fargo, Moorhead, Cass County, and Clay County, along with one appointed representative from the watershed district on each side of the river. There were 15 Minnesota members and 11 North Dakota members.

Flood of 2009

River Crests: 40.82 Feet

During the spring of 2009, the Red River threatened to flood the Fargo-Moorhead metro area. To fight the flood, emergency measures were used including 42 miles of temporary levees, 8 miles of Hesco, .3 miles of Porta-Dam and 19 miles of sandbags. In total, more than 7.3 million sandbags were used.

Three options proposed; Corps asked to study ND-side Diversion

November 2009

Building a Diversion Channel in ND was the preferred choice among Fargo-Moorhead leaders. Leaders asked the Corps to determine if a project with ND Diversion Channel could be cost-effective enough to qualify for federal funding.

Fargo sales tax begins

January 2010

City sales tax of 1/2 cent begins with money being dedicated to flood protection projects. This taxes sales, use and gross receipts until Dec. 31, 2029.

Design begins

February 2010

Designers begin working on the Project incorporating the years of study to date and best methods presented.

ND Diversion could be cost effective enough

February 2010

A North Dakota Diversion Channel would be cost-effective enough to qualify for federal funding. Although the ND project would cost more than a MN Diversion Channel, local leaders said the plan would be supported. A ND Diversion also offers more protection from a 500-year flood event.

FM Leaders pick ND Diversion + upstream storage

October 2010

The plan would give the Fargo-Moorhead region 100-year flood protection and the ability to fight a 500-year event with emergency measures. This plan is the locally-preferred plan, even tough the Minnesota-side Diversion Channel plan was more cost effective.

Permit applications begin

February 2011

The process to obtain permits for the Project begins federally and locally.

Minnesota begins EIS

February 2011

The Environmental Impact Assessment for the first permit submittal is started by the Minnesota DNR.

Diversion Authority Board created

May 2011

It became clear that the Diversion Channel would be built in ND, the makeup of the Metro Flood Management Committee would need adjusting. The Metropolitan Flood Management Work Group unanimously approved the JPA Board with 7 ND members & 2 MN members. This board later became the Diversion Authority board. Read more

500-year protection recommended

December 2011

The Red River Basin Commission recommends metropolitan areas in the basin have protection fro 500-year flood events. The only metropolitan area with this type of protection is Winnipeg.

FEMA updates Moorhead maps

January 2012

Updated FEMA floodplain maps are adopted in Moorhead. The new FEMA floodplain is set at 39.4 feet river gage (29,300 cfs). This now impacts 178 structures after post 2009-event acquisitions.

President's Budget includes $5 Million from Federal Government

February 2012

President Obama's 2013 budget allots $5 Million for the FM Area Diversion Project.

OMB approves the plan

March 2012

North Dakota's Senator Kent Conrad announced that the White House's Office of Management and Budget approved a plan for the Diversion Project. Cost estimates from the Corps are around $2 Billion.

Record of Decision signed

March 2012

North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven announced the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works signed the Record of Decision (ROD) for the FM Area Diversion Project.

Fargo passes 1/2 cent sales tax

June 2012

Voters in Fargo approved a half-cent sales tax with 60.3% of the vote. Revenue from the tax is used to fund various infrastructure projects, including streets and water improvements as well as internal flood protection.

First Project buyouts approved

June 2012

The Diversion Board of Authority approves the first three buyouts for the FM Area Diversion Project.

Land Management Plan released

July 2012

The Diversion Board of Authority releases the first version of a land management plan for the Project. The plan outlines which properties could be affected by the Project and the legal process the Board plans to follow when working with landowners.

Corps improves Project

September 2012

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers improves the project by adding more water flowing through town with the construction of in-town levees, adding gates to the Diversion Inlet and Control Structure and moving the southern alignment. The changes save an estimated $100 Million in project costs and reduces the risk associated with the Project.

The Corps states the changes reduce the impacts to Richland and Wilkin counties by up to 85%.

U.S. Senate passes 2013 WRDA

May 2013

The United States Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2013 that included wording to authorize the FM Area Diversion Project. The authorization allows construction to begin. Read More

Buyouts in Oxbow begin

December 2013

Home buyouts begin in preparation of building a ring levee to protect the communities of Oxbow, Bakke and Hickson. This will protect the tax base for the Kindred school district.

Minnesota and DA agree to EIS

January 2014

The Diversion Board and the DNR agree to complete an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The contract was amended to extend the expiration date to February 2, 2015 and provide additional funding for the State to complete the EIS. Read More

U.S. Senate passes 2014 WRDA

May 2014

The United States Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2014 that included wording to authorize $846 million for the FM Area Diversion Project. The authorization allows construction to begin but federal funding still needed to be appropriated each year.

FEMA updates Fargo maps

January 2015

Updated FEMA floodplain maps are adopted in Fargo. The new FEMA floodplain is set at 39.4 feet river gage (29,300 cfs). This now impacts 2,300 structures by new requirements.

P3 method approved

February 2015

The Diversion Board of Authority voted to move forward with using a Public-Private Partnership (P3) method to build the Diversion Channel and infrastructure. This includes 30 miles of channel, 2 aqueducts, 2 river inlets, the channel outfall and various drainage inlets. Read more.

ND gives $69 Million

May 2015

ND Governor Jack Dalrymple signed legislation which includes $69 million in appropriation for the FM Area Diversion Project for the next fiscal year. In total the state has pledged $450 Million for the project. Read More

Corps releases draft Cemetery Mitigation Plan

June 2015

The USACE released the Federal mitigation plan for cemeteries. This includes requiring the Diversion Authority to obtain flowage easements for the cemeteries within the Staging Area. Read more

NDSU study on ag revenues released

November 2015

The Board releases the initial results of a study detailing the impacts on agricultural revenues due to the operation of the FM Area Diversion Project. Read more

Project cost updated to $2.2 Billion

March 2016

The cost estimate for the FM Area Diversion Project, which will offer permanent protection to the Fargo-Moorhead area from serious flooding, has been updated to approximately $2.2 billion. The updated estimate was delivered to the Flood Diversion Board of Authority today. Read more

Judge dismisses federal claims

April 2016

United States District Judge John R. Tunheim, Chief Judge of the District of Minnesota, dismissed all remaining federal claims against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Diversion Authority in a lawsuit against the Corps and Diversion Authority. Read more.

Minnesota Final EIS released

May 16, 2016

The summary document of the Final EIS says that the DNR did not identify any additional reasonable alternatives to the Diversion Project. The EIS is a comprehensive evaluation of the proposed Project including environmental and social impacts. Read more.

MN Determination of Adequacy released

June 2016

The Minnesota DNR releases Determination of Adequacy of its Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the first permit submittal of the F-M Area Diversion Project. The document concludes that Minnesota conducted a thorough assessment of the project and alternatives. Read more

Project Partnership Agreement signed

July 2016

Leaders of Fargo, Moorhead, the Flood Diversion Board of Authority and the Corps sign the first Project Partnership Agreement (PPA). Read more

6 Firms interested in building channel

September 2016

The Flood Diversion Board of Authority received Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) from six respondents to its Request for Qualifications (RFQ) released to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the Public-Private Partnership (P3) portion of the FM Area Diversion Project. Read more

North Dakota permit received

October 2016

A permit from the State Water Commission is given for the project.

Minnesota DNR denies permit

October 2016

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released its permit decision on the FM Area Diversion Project. Although the DNR had previously made a Determination of Adequacy on the study of the Project, the DNR determined they could not approve the permit application at this time. Read more

Four P3 firms shortlisted

October 2016

The Diversion Authority Board took shortlisted four teams that best represented their ability to provide effective leadership and teamwork, and efficiently and effectively deliver the Diversion Project. Each of the four teams will receive the Request for Proposals (RFP), which is anticipated to be issued later this year by the Diversion Authority.

Sales Tax extensions approved

November 2016

Voters in Fargo and Cass County approved of a long-term extension of existing sales taxes for flood protection until 2084. Measures in Fargo and Cass County passed with 66% and 63% percent, respectively. Sales taxes collections will be used to pay for the FM Area Diversion Project. Read more

RFP for Channel released

December 2016

The Diversion Board of Authority unanimously voted to distribute a Request for Proposals (RFP) to four companies interested in building the Diversion Channel portion of the FM Area Diversion Project. Read more

USACE reinstated as Defendant in Lawsuit

February 2017

Court Refuses to Reinstate Dismissed Claims Against the Diversion Authority; Reinstates Corps as an Active Defendant. Read more.

Construction on Inlet Started

April 2017

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, and the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Board of Authority commemorated the 1997 Flood Commemoration and broke ground on the Diversion Inlet and Control Structure. Read More.

$66.5 Million Approved by ND Legislature

April 2017

North Dakota legislators and the Governor have approved House Bill 1020, which includes $66.5 Million to fund the FM Area Diversion Project. Read More

USACE does field surveys

June 2017

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, in cooperation with the Flood Diversion Board of Authority, will continue its field surveys for the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project starting this week. Read more

Leaders update state water commissioners

August 2017

Members of the Diversion Board of Authority traveled to Bismarck to give new members of the State Water Commission an update about the project. Read more

FEMA issues letter of revisions

August 2017

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a Conditional Letter of Map Revision (CLOMR) related to the FM Area Diversion Project. Read More

Temporary Injunction issued

September 2017

U.S. District Court Judge John A. Tunheim Thursday placed a temporary injunction on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the FM Area Diversion Board of Authority, forcing all construction work on the FM Area Diversion Project to cease. Read More

Burgum, Dayton agree on task force

October 2017

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton today agreed to form a collaborative working group to try to address the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) concerns about the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project and find a viable path forward for the project. Read More

Task force formed

October 2017

ND Gov. Doug Burgum and MN Gov. Mark Dayton form a new Task Force to develop design principles and concept-level engineering solutions to achieve balanced flood risk management for the Fargo-Moorhead region. Read More

Task Force Releases Report

January 2018

Leaders of the Diversion Board of Authority received a copy of the report from the Governors’ Task Force for reviewal. Read More

Flowage easements study starts

February 2018

The Diversion Board of Authority has approved a study that will help gather data for establishing flowage easement calculations. Flowage easements will be needed in areas that are impacted by flood water when the FM Area Diversion Project would operate. Read More

New Permit Application Submitted to Minnesota DNR

March 2018

The Diversion Board of Authority accepts all recommendations from the Governors' Task Force and officially submits a new permit application to the Minnesota DNR. Read More

MDNR Conducts Supplemental EIS

March 2018

The Minnesota DNR determines a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) is required for the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority’s revised flood risk management project. Read More.

DNR releases supplemental environmental review

August 2018

The Minnesota DNR releases its draft supplemental environmental impact statement (Draft SEIS) describing the potential environmental and social effects of the revised FM flood diversion project, known as Plan B. Read More

Public comments on the Project

August 2018

The public was invited to comment on on the Corps draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment and the DNR's draft SEIS for the Project. Read more

WRDA signed

October 2018

President Trump signed a bill authorizing money for infrastructure projects and resolves an easement issue for the FM Area Diversion Project. America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 was passed by a 99-1 vote in the U.S. Senate and a unanimous vote in the House on Oct. 10. Read More

DNR issues Final SEIS

November 2018

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today issued a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Final SEIS) for the project. Read More

Corps given $35 Million for Fiscal 2019

November 2018

Sen. John Hoeven announced the USACE's Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 work plan includes $35 million for construction of flood protection in the Fargo-Moorhead region. Hoeven serves as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Energy and Water Development.

Cost estimate updated to $2.75 Billion

December 2018

The Board accepts a new cost estimate for the project. The project is estimated to cost $2.75 billion in 2018 dollars. The costs are based on the project submitted to the MDNR. Approximately $430 million works completed, $2.33 billion in project costs remain. Read More

Phase 1 Easement Valuation Study released

December 2018

The first of a two phase study was recently completed by Crown Appraisals, Inc. for the FM Area Diversion Project. Fully understanding impacts has been a top priority for many years.Read More

MN DNR Grants Project Permit

December 2018

The Minnesota DNR granted a Dam Safety and Public Waters work permit for the revised Fargo-Moorhead Flood Risk Management Project. Read More

Diversion Authority Works To Resolving Lawsuit

January 2019

The Diversion Board of Authority directed its litigation counsel to move forward on efforts to resolve ongoing litigation with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and the Richland/Wilkin JPA. Read More

USACE completes Environmental Assessment

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed a "Finding of No Significant Impact" for an Environmental Assessment completed for the proposed FM Area Diversion Project. Read more

District Court Modifies Injuction - Construction Allowed to Proceed

U.S. District Court Judge John A. Tunheim modified the injunction to allow all requested construction to proceed on the FM Area Diversion Project. Read more

PPA Updated Committing $750 Million in Federal Funding

The updated Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) was signed by members of the Diversion Authority and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The PPA commits $750 Million from the federal government to the project. Read More

ND Legislature approves an additional $180 Million for the project

April 2019

The North Dakota Legislature approves up to $750 Million in total for the Project. Read more

Diversion Authority challenges Buffalo Red River Permit Decision

June 2019

The Diversion Authority filed a complaint with the Minnesota District Court in Becker County regarding the permit decision by the BRRWD. Read more

USCAE Advertises for Bids to Build the Wild Rice River Control Structure

July 2019

The Corps releases a bid to design and construct the Wild Rice River Control Structure. Read more

City of Horace Signs Agreement with Diversion Authority

August 2019

The city of Horace approves cost-share agreement with the City of Fargo for appropriate infrastructure projects. The agreement also includes provisions for cooperation regarding the P3. Read more

Joel Paulsen hired as Executive Director

August 2019

Paulsen started September 3, 2019 as the new official Executive director. Paulsen has previously served on Moorhead City Council and the Governors’ task force. Read more

Interactive Project Web Map

Animated Flyover of the Project Map

Contact Information for the Project

MAILING ADDRESS

Flood Diversion Board of Authority
Box 2806
211 Ninth Street South
Fargo, ND 58108


EMAIL

Info@FMDiversion.com