BRRWD grants permit for FM Area Diversion Project

At a regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, the Buffalo-Red River Watershed District (BRRWD) reconsidered its prior permit denial and granted a permit (Permit #19-003) for the FM Area Diversion Project. The permit includes several conditions that were agreed to by both BRRWD and the Metro Flood Diversion Authority (Authority).

The permit conditions outline how the Diversion Authority must mitigate for various parts of Project construction and operation, including providing funding for “permanent 100-year FEMA accredited Flood Protection…for the City of Georgetown and Wolverton.” The permit conditions also addresses the issues related to flexible compensation/mitigation efforts for those landowners in the upstream mitigation area of the project.

“Building this project and mitigating the impacts caused by construction and operation is one of our main focus points,” Project Executive Director Joel Paulsen said. “Working together with the Buffalo Red River Watershed Board will be important as we continue to acquire property rights, build and eventually operate this Project to reduce the significant flood threat facing all the communities in the Fargo-Moorhead area.”