Fargo Moorhead Metro Area

We’re on our way to permanent flood protection

Fargo-Moorhead Metro Area

We’re on our way to permanent flood protection

Metro Flood Diversion Authority Awards $1 Billion Contract to tame the Red River of the North

Historic Public-Private Partnership Infrastructure Project First P3 flood management project in North America

Metro Flood Diversion Authority Selects Red River Valley Alliance as P3 Partner

Historic public-private partnership infrastructure project; First P3 flood management project in North America

What is the FM Area Diversion?

Protecting our Neighbors – Protecting our Future

The FM Area Diversion, now under construction, is an innovative and comprehensive flood management system being constructed jointly by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Metro Flood Diversion Authority.

The project will provide permanent, reliable flood protection to the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Metro Area, as well as surrounding rural communities. Funding for the $2.75 billion FM Area Diversion combines revenues from voter approved sales taxes in the City of Fargo and Cass County with critical funding and financing support from the states of North Dakota and Minnesota and the Federal Government.

Metro Flood Diversion Authority
Selects Red River Valley Alliance
as P3 Partner

Historic public-private partnership infrastructure project;
First P3 flood management project in North America

What is the FM Area Diversion?

Protecting our Neighbors – Protecting our Future

The FM Area Diversion, now under construction, is an innovative and comprehensive flood management system being constructed jointly by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Metro Flood Diversion Authority.

The project will provide permanent, reliable flood protection to the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Metro Area, as well as surrounding rural communities. Funding for the $2.75 billion FM Area Diversion combines revenues from voter approved sales taxes in the City of Fargo and Cass County with critical funding and financing support from the states of North Dakota and Minnesota and the Federal Government.

What is the FM Area Diversion?

Protecting our Neighbors – Protecting our Future

The FM Area Diversion, now under construction, is an innovative and comprehensive flood management system being constructed jointly by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Metro Flood Diversion Authority.

The project will provide permanent, reliable flood protection to the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Metro Area, as well as surrounding rural communities. Funding for the $2.75 billion FM Area Diversion combines revenues from voter approved sales taxes in the City of Fargo and Cass County with critical funding and financing support from the states of North Dakota and Minnesota and the Federal Government.

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Curious about the Diversion design?

Click an icon on the interactive map to learn more

The FM Area Diversion’s state-of-the art engineering design features a 30-mile Diversion Channel, a 20-mile Southern Embankment, and miles of flood walls and levees along the water ways within the metro area.  The Diversion Channel will carry flood waters safely around the Metro Area during times of extreme flooding. Flood waters coming from the Red River and its tributaries will be directed into the Diversion Channel and safely through town via three control structures along the Southern Embankment. Miles of flood walls, levees, and numerous pump stations allow floodwaters to pass safely through the cities of Fargo and Moorhead.

Curious about the Diversion Project design?

Click an icon on the interactive map to learn more

The FM Area Diversion’s state-of-the art engineering design features a 30-mile Diversion Channel, a 20-mile Southern Embankment, and miles of flood walls and levees along the water ways within the metro area.  The Diversion Channel will carry flood waters safely around the Metro Area during times of extreme flooding. Flood waters coming from the Red River and its tributaries will be directed into the Diversion Channel and safely through town via three control structures along the Southern Embankment. Miles of flood walls, levees, and numerous pump stations allow floodwaters to pass safely through the cities of Fargo and Moorhead.

Flood History in the Fargo-Moorhead Community

The people of the Red River Valley have lived for centuries along the flood prone Red River. After a long history of spring floods, a broad coalition formed after the 1997 flood to study how to better protect the residents, farms, businesses, emergency services and all those who depend on them. The flood of record in 2009 focused those efforts on the development of the FM Area Diversion.

Red River flooding not only impacts lives, land, property, agriculture and other essential services, but puts the entire regional economy at risk. When the FM Area Diversion is constructed by 2027, the Fargo-Moorhead West Fargo Metro Area will be fully protected against a 100-year flood event and be able to beat a 500-year flood event.

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Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite
"I think what you are doing here in this region could be something that people around the United States or people around the world can figure out how can you do flood risk management in a better way.”

Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite

Commanding General and Chief of Engineers

Hoeven
“Between the renegotiated Project Partnership Agreement with its $750 million federal funding level and the new P3 account in the President’s budget request, we’ve made a lot of progress in advancing comprehensive flood protection in the Red River Valley."

Sen. John Hoeven

U.S. Senator from North Dakota

Burgum
"We are bringing the pieces together that will allow continued progress on building comprehensive flood protection for the Fargo-Moorhead region."

Gov. Doug Burgum

Governor of North Dakota

Cramer
“I am pleased to see the Army Corps is making significant investments for important projects in North Dakota, including the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion. I look forward to ensuring these funds are utilized successfully and these projects continue to receive the support they need.”

Sen. Kevin Cramer

U.S. Senator from North Dakota

Armstrong
“Innovative financing programs are at the core of 21st century infrastructure projects like the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion. Federal and local cooperation are vital to protect life and property from catastrophic flooding."

Rep. Kelly Armstrong

U.S. Representative from North Dakota

Klobuchar
"In Moorhead and Fargo and in Minnesota and North Dakota, our river doesn’t divide us. It unites us. These friendships are more important today than ever."

Sen. Amy Klobuchar

U.S. Senator from Minnesota

Carlson
"For generations, residents of the Red River Valley have marked our history around the devastation caused by catastrophic floods. The Diversion will end that. The City of Moorhead is proud to work with other communities to write our future of our region in a positive way.”

Shelly Carlson

Mayor of Moorhead

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Working Together

The FM Area Diversion is being developed and delivered by the Metro Flood Diversion Authority in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Metro Flood Diversion Authority consists of the Cities of Fargo, ND; West Fargo, ND; and Moorhead, MN; along with Cass County, ND; Clay County, MN; and the Cass County Joint Water Resource District.

Working Together

The FM Area Diversion is being developed and delivered by the Metro Flood Diversion Authority in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Metro Flood Diversion Authority consists of the Cities of Fargo, ND; West Fargo, ND; and Moorhead, MN; along with Cass County, ND; Clay County, MN; and the Cass County Joint Water Resource District.

Multiple people at a construction site tour in 2020.

Working Together

Multiple people at a construction site tour in 2020.

The FM Area Diversion is being developed and delivered by the Metro Flood Diversion Authority in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Metro Flood Diversion Authority consists of the Cities of Fargo, ND; West Fargo, ND; and Moorhead, MN; along with Cass County, ND; Clay County, MN; and the Cass County Joint Water Resource District.