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Virtual Tour for the September 2020 Water Topics Overview Committee & State Water Commission

Virtual Tour for the September 2020 Water Topics Overview Committee & State Water Commission

Take a virtual tour of the FM Area Diversion Project with Executive Director Joel Paulsen. Watch the video here.
Invitation to Bid – WP-43G OHB Ring Levee Wetland Mitigation – Phase 43G

Invitation to Bid – WP-43G OHB Ring Levee Wetland Mitigation – Phase 43G

INVITATION TO BID Sealed Bids for the construction of the OHB Ring Levee Wetland Mitigation – Phase 43G (WP-43G) project will be received at the office of the office of Ohnstad Twichell, 444 Sheyenne St, Ste 102, West Fargo, ND 58078, until 3:00 pm local time on September 15, 2020. At 3:30 pm the Bids
Invitation to Bid – WP-50C Property Structure Mitigation – Phase 50C

Invitation to Bid – WP-50C Property Structure Mitigation – Phase 50C

INVITATION TO BID Sealed Bids for the construction of the Property Structure Mitigation – Phase 50C (WP-50C) project will be received at the office of Ohnstad Twichell, 444 Sheyenne St, Ste 102, West Fargo, ND 58078, until 3:00 pm local time on September 16, 2020. At 3:30 pm the Bids received will be publicly opened
USACE Update // Diversion Inlet Structure

USACE Update // Diversion Inlet Structure

1 Diversion Inlet Structure Construction (see attached) Structure includes 3-50 ft. wide Tainter gates. The current construction completion date is 7 June 2023. Anticipated remaining schedule: 2020: Foundations/site work, control structure, dam walls. 2021: Concrete piers/abutments, control building. 2022: Install bridge deck, gates, and operating machinery. 2023: Paint gates, seed. 2024: Turf established. 2 Wild
August 2020 Construction Update // Wild Rice River Control Structure

August 2020 Construction Update // Wild Rice River Control Structure

August 2020 Construction Update // Wild Rice River Control Structure Construction continues on the Wild Rice River Control Structure as part of the FM Area Diversion Project. This video was taken on Tuesday, August 26, 2020, at the site east of I29 and south of Fargo. Crews began working on this site in 2020.See the
August 2020 Construction Update // Diversion Inlet & Control Structure

August 2020 Construction Update // Diversion Inlet & Control Structure

August 2020 Construction Update // Diversion Inlet & Control Structure Construction continues on the Diversion Inlet & Control Structure as part of the FM Area Diversion Project. This video was taken on Tuesday, August 25, 2020, at the site south of Horace, ND. Crews began working on this site in 2017.See the Construction Update https://youtu.be/8KlyRa9zaSgVideo
Sen. John Hoeven Reviews Inlet Construction

Sen. John Hoeven Reviews Inlet Construction

The following is a press release from the office of Sen. John Hoeven HOEVEN REVIEWS RED RIVER VALLEY INLET CONSTRUCTION, OUTLINES EFFORTS TO ADVANCE FLOOD PROTECTION FOR THE REGION Senator Secured $100 Million in Army Corps’ FY2020 Work Plan, Working to Fund Construction Account & Advance WIFIA Application FARGO, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven, a
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Conduct Geomorphic Surveys in the Fargo-Moorhead area

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Conduct Geomorphic Surveys in the Fargo-Moorhead area

The following is a press release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ST. PAUL DISTRICT News Release No. MVP-PA-2020-058 Contacts: Patrick Moes: 651.290.5202, 651.366.7539, patrick.n.moes@usace.army.mil George Stringham: 651.290.5201, 651.262.6804,george.e.stringham@usace.army.mil Melanie Peterson: 651.290.5679, 651.315.4537, melanie.m.peterson@usace.army.mil Read this release on the U.S. Army Corps Website Corps to Conduct Geomorphic Surveys in the Fargo-Moorhead Area   ST.
First Concrete Poured at Diversion Inlet & Control Structure

First Concrete Poured at Diversion Inlet & Control Structure

First On-Site Concrete Pour at the Diversion Inlet & Control Structure CompleteDiversion Authority leaders and staff from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers visited the Diversion Inlet & Control Structure construction site to watch the first official on-site concrete pour for the Project. The pour was 90 cubic yards. In total, the Diversion Inlet &
July 2020 Construction Update // Diversion Inlet & Control Structure

July 2020 Construction Update // Diversion Inlet & Control Structure

July 2020 Construction Update - Diversion Inlet & Control Structure The following video was taken on Monday, July 20, 2020
July 2020 Construction Update // Wild Rice River Control Structure

July 2020 Construction Update // Wild Rice River Control Structure

Construction Update // Wild Rice River Control Structure The following video was taken on Monday, July 20, 2020
USACE July 2020 Update

USACE July 2020 Update

July 23, 2020 1 Diversion Inlet Structure Construction Structure includes 3-50 ft. wide Tainter gates. The current construction completion date is 7 June 2023. Anticipated remaining schedule:' 2020: Foundations/site work, control structure, dam walls. 2021: Concrete piers/abutments, control building. 2022: Install bridge deck, gates, and operating machinery. 2023: Paint gates, seed. 2024: Turf established. 2
Corps seeks comments on draft wetland restoration project in Fargo, N.D.

Corps seeks comments on draft wetland restoration project in Fargo, N.D.

The following is a press release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District For Immediate Release July 1, 2020 News Release No. MVP-PA-2020-055 Contacts:Patrick Moes: 651.290.5202, 651.366.7539  patrick.n.moes@usace.army.mil George Stringham: 651.290.5201, 651.262.6804,george.e.stringham@usace.army.mil Shannon Bauer: 651.290.5108, 612.840.9453, shannon.l.bauer@usace.army.mil Melanie Peterson: 651.290.5679, 651.315.4537, melanie.m.peterson@usace.army.mil Corps seeks comments on draft wetland restoration project in Fargo,
Construction Update – Wild Rice River Control Structure

Construction Update – Wild Rice River Control Structure

Construction Update – Wild Rice River Control Structure The following video was taken on Tuesday, June 24, 2020
Construction Update – Diversion Inlet & Control Structure

Construction Update – Diversion Inlet & Control Structure

Construction Update – Diversion Inlet & Control Structure The following video was taken on Tuesday, June 24, 2020
USACE Monthly Update – June 2020

USACE Monthly Update – June 2020

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Monthly Update June 2020 See the PDF of the Update   1 Diversion Inlet Structure Construction Structure includes 3-50 ft. wide Tainter gates. The current construction completion date is 7 June 2023. Anticipated remaining schedule: 2020: Foundations/site work, control structure, dam walls. 2021: Concrete piers/abutments, control building. 2022: Install bridge
Invitation to Bid/WP-43G

Invitation to Bid/WP-43G

Invitation to Bid/WP-43G Download the Invitation to Bid     00_C111 Invitation to Bid/WP-43G INVITATION TO BID Sealed Bids for the construction of the OHB Ring Levee Wetland Mitigation – Phase 43G (WP-43G) project will be received at the office of the Cass County Auditor, 211 9th Street South, Fargo, ND 58108-2806, until 3:00 pm
ND State Engineer Approves Mitigation Plan for  FM Area Diversion Project; Document outlines how  Project will Mitigate Impacted Properties

ND State Engineer Approves Mitigation Plan for FM Area Diversion Project; Document outlines how Project will Mitigate Impacted Properties

The Metro Flood Diversion Authority announced today that it has received approval of the Property Rights & Acquisition Mitigation Plan (Mitigation Plan) for the Fargo Moorhead Area Diversion Project from the North Dakota State Engineer. The Mitigation Plan guides how individuals impacted by the construction, operation or maintenance of the Project are compensated and mitigated
USACE Monthly Update – May 2020

USACE Monthly Update – May 2020

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Monthly Update May 2020 See the PDF of the Update   1 Diversion Inlet Structure Construction Structure includes 3-50 ft. wide Tainter gates. The current construction completion date is 7 June 2023. Anticipated remaining schedule: 2020: Foundations/site work, control structure. 2021: Concrete piers/abutments, control building. 2022: Install bridge deck, gates,
Construction Update – Diversion Inlet & Control Structure and Wild Rice River Control Structure

Construction Update – Diversion Inlet & Control Structure and Wild Rice River Control Structure

The following videos were recorded on Tuesday, May 25, 2020. Construction Ongoing at Diversion Inlet & Control Structure Construction Starts on Wild Rice River Control Structure Contractors working to build the Wild Rice River Control Structure started moving dirt this month at the site just off Interstate 29 south of Fargo. The Corps selected Ames
Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation (WIFIA)

Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation (WIFIA)

The Diversion Authority today received confirmation the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has invited the Diversion Authority to apply for a low-interest Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation (WIFIA) loan. The invitation is the next step in the process to secure this important financing tool and was in response to the Letter of Interest filed
Property Acquisition

Property Acquisition

  DESIGN SHOWS NEED FOR PROPERTY RIGHTS The Project Designers (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Diversion Authority consultants, or the P3 Developer) inform the Program Management Consultant (PMC) of required property rights needed for the Project. DIVERSION AUTHORITY APPROVAL TO BEGIN The Diversion Authority Finance Committee reviews the need for property rights, along with the
USACE Monthly Update – April 2020

USACE Monthly Update – April 2020

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Monthly Update April 2020 See the PDF of the Update
Status Update: Property Rights and the FM Area Diversion Project

Status Update: Property Rights and the FM Area Diversion Project

The FM Area Diversion Project requires different types of property rights to build and operate the Project. The Project requires the acquisition of over 9,000 acres for the construction footprint along with thousands of acres for hundreds of easements for the temporary and occasional storage of flood waters before the Project operates. Also required is
Presentation: NDSU Assessment of the Ag Risk of Temporary Water Storage for the FM Area Diversion Project

Presentation: NDSU Assessment of the Ag Risk of Temporary Water Storage for the FM Area Diversion Project

On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Dean Bangsund of the North Dakota State University Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, presented information to the Diversion Authority Land Management Committee. The presentation focused on the Assessment of the Agricultural Risk of Temporary Water Storage for the FM Area Diversion Project. F

Project for Bid: WP-50B

Project for Bid: WP-50B Property Structure Mitigation Advertised in the Fargo Forum Feb 24, Mar 2, and Mar 9, 2020. The Prebid meeting date WP-50B: 2:00 pm on March 4, 2020 The bid opening date: WP-50B:  2:30 pm on March 18, 2020 See the Bid documents The Issuing Office for the Bidding Documents is: https://us1.aconex.com

Project for Bid: WP-43D5

Project for Bid: WP-43D5 OHB Ring Levee – Levee, Storm Sewer, and Streets Advertised in the Fargo Forum Feb 24, Mar 2, and Mar 9, 2020. The Prebid meeting date:WP-43D5: 2:30 pm on March 4, 2020 UPDATED: The new bid opening date: WP-43D5: 2:00 pm on April 14, 2020 See the Bid documents The Issuing

One-Page CLOMR Overview

Printable one-pager: Informational Sheet CLOMR  What is a CLOMR? A Conditional Letter of Map Revision, or CLOMR, is FEMA’s comment on a proposed project that would affect the hydrologic or hydraulic characteristics of a flooding source. • A CLOMR does not revise the current National Flood Insurance Program map (NFIP). It just outlines whether the
Case Heard in Becker County; Record to be Prepared

Case Heard in Becker County; Record to be Prepared

Case Heard in Becker County; Record to be Prepared Diversion Authority representatives were in Minnesota District Court in Becker County this morning for a hearing regarding the challenge filed against the permit denial by the Buffalo Red River Watershed District (BRRWD) earlier this year. The parties appeared before Judge Michael D. Fritz. The Court made
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
Monthly Update from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Monthly Update from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Presented for the Sept. 26, 2019, Diversion Board of Authority meeting. Download the PDF version of the Monthly Update Sept. 2019 Update from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Diversion Inlet Structure Construction Ames has been excavating the site to grade as weather allows. The pile load test is scheduled to begin mid-to-late October. The
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 its August meeting that includes recommencing the Public-Private Partnership (P3) procurement which will lead to the selection of a P3 Developer through a competitive procurement process. Proposer teams were shortlisted through a qualifications-based process in
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 phased permit to the Diversion Authority for the Wild Rice River Control Structure. The structure is part of the FM Area Diversion Project and will be constructed by the US Army Corps of Engineers as
August 2019 USACE Update

August 2019 USACE Update

Monthly Update from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Presented via email from the USACE for the Aug. 22, 2019 Diversion Board of Authority meeting. USACE August 2019 Update Diversion Inlet Structure Construction Dewatering of the site is complete. Ames is planning to start excavating the site to grade and partially removing the preload areas
Moorhead, Clay County form Joint Powers Authority to Support Implementation of the FM Area Diversion Project

Moorhead, Clay County form Joint Powers Authority to Support Implementation of the FM Area Diversion Project

Moorhead, Clay County form Joint Powers Authority to Support Implementation of the FM Area Diversion Project (Aug. 15, 2019) The City of Moorhead and Clay County, MN have formed a Joint Powers Authority (MCCJPA) to reaffirm their support and involvement in the implementation of the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project. The MCCJPA had its first meeting
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 Authority during their July 25, 2019 meeting. The following documents were given to the board. Monthly Update for July 25, 2019 Federal Construction Placement Schedule Diversion Inlet Structure Construction Dewatering began the week of 18
USACE Releases Solicitation for Wild Rice River Structure

USACE Releases Solicitation for Wild Rice River Structure

USACE Releases Solicitation for Wild Rice River Structure The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District today released a solicitation for the Wild Rice River Structure. The structure is part of the FM Area Diversion Project. Link to the complete solicitation Short description of the work This work is part of the Fargo Moorhead
Diversion Authority Files Challenge to Permit Decision by the Buffalo-Red River Watershed District

Diversion Authority Files Challenge to Permit Decision by the Buffalo-Red River Watershed District

Diversion Authority Files Challenge to Permit Decision by the Buffalo-Red River Watershed District (July 15, 2019) – The Diversion Authority filed a Complaint today with the  Minnesota District Court in Becker County regarding the recent permit decision made by the Buffalo-Red River Watershed District (BRRWD). Over the last six months, the BRRWD and the Diversion
Diversion Authority to Appeal Permit Decision by the  Buffalo-Red River Watershed District

Diversion Authority to Appeal Permit Decision by the Buffalo-Red River Watershed District

Diversion Authority to Appeal Permit Decision by the Buffalo-Red River Watershed District The Diversion Board of Authority voted to appeal the decision by the Buffalo-Red River Watershed District (BRRWD) to deny a permit for the FM Area Diversion Project and to direct legal counsel to explore all other legal actions. The BRRWD voted 3-3 on the
June 2019 USACE Update

June 2019 USACE Update

Monthly Update from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Presented via email from the USACE for the June 27, 2019 Diversion Board of Authority meeting. PDF copy – June 27, 2019 USACE Update Diversion Inlet Structure Construction A preconstruction conference was held on 19 June. Dewatering will begin week of 8 July and continue for
Project Update – May 2019

Project Update – May 2019

P3 Construction of the Diversion Channel and Associated Infrastructure The Diversion Authority will contract with a P3 Developer to build the Diversion Channel and all of the infrastructure that goes with the channel. This includes bridges and aqueduct structures. The P3 bids are expected in the spring of 2020 and construction is anticipated to begin
May 2019 USACE Update

May 2019 USACE Update

Monthly Update from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Presented by Terry Williams during the May 23, 2019 Diversion Board of Authority meeting. PDF of the report Diversion Inlet Structure Construction A revised construction schedule from Ames Construction is expected 31 May. Re-start of operations should begin mid-June. Activities for 2019 will include dewatering, test
Project Status and What’s Next

Project Status and What’s Next

The following is a letter from the Diversion Authority Board Chair and Cass County Commisisoner Mary Scherling. The status of the F-M Diversion and what’s next As chair of the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority board, which is comprised of 13 local elected officials from Clay County, Cass County, Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead, I believe it
District Court Modifies Injunction  Allowing All Requested Construction to Proceed

District Court Modifies Injunction Allowing All Requested Construction to Proceed

District Court Modifies Injunction Allowing All Requested Construction 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. The ruling was made after motions requesting modifications to the September 2017 injunction were filed earlier this year by the Diversion Board

Invitation to Bid: WP-50A_C-111

Read the full Invitation to Bid: WP-50A_C-111_Invitation to Bid Invitation to Bid/WP‐50A INVITATION TO BID Sealed Bids for the construction of the Property Structure Mitigation – Phase 50A (WP‐50A) will be received at the office of the Cass County Auditor, 211 9th Street South, Fargo, ND 58108‐2806, until 3:00 pm local time on April 23,
Letter: Diversion Authority plans to reach out to all impacted property owners

Letter: Diversion Authority plans to reach out to all impacted property owners

With the recent warning from the National Weather Service of increased flooding this spring, it is a good time to reflect that this year marks 10-years since the record-setting 2009 flood that nearly devastated Fargo-Moorhead and all of the many important surrounding communities. There are not many issues more sentimental or emotion-inducing for area residents

Project 42E

Project Name: 2nd St. South & Main Ave. Flood Mitigation, In-Town Levees Scope Description: The Project consists of the construction of a pump station, road reconstruction, road closure, flood wall, and pump station demolition, and is generally located the intersection of Main Avenue and 2nd Street South, Fargo, ND. Estimated Value: Estimated IFB Date:

Project 43E.3

Project Name: Oxbow Park Relocation Scope Description: Remove existing Oxbow City Park and construct a new Oxbow City Park. Estimated Value: TBD Estimated IFB Date: November 2017 (Bid package was not awarded in May 2017 and is being rebid).

Project 42A.1/A.3

Project Name: In‐Town Levees 2nd Street / Downtown Area (4th St. Pump Station) Scope Description: Replace existing 4th Street pump station, gatewell structure, backup power generator, outfall structure; modifications for the existing 4th Street levee; construction of floodwall; and reconstruction of 2nd Street South and other associated components. Prime Contractor: Industrial Contract Services Inc. Estimated Finish Date: Fall 2017

Project 42F.1N

Project Name: Flood Control, 2nd Street North, North of Pump Station (Floodwall North) Scope Description: Construction of a concrete floodwall, road realignment, retaining wall, removable crossing at 4th Avenue North, utility relocations, and other associated components. Prime Contractor: Industrial Builders Inc. Estimated Finish Date: Fall 2016 Amount Awarded: $13 M Award Date: 2016 – April

Project 42F.1S

Project Name: Flood Control, 2nd Street North, South of Pump Station (Floodwall South) Scope Description: Demolition of 4 residential homes, constructing earthen levee, modification and replacement of storm sewer, modifications to sanitary sewer and water main, and paving. Prime Contractor: Industrial Builders Inc. Estimated Finish Date: Fall 2017 Amount Awarded: $16 M Award Date: 2015 – July

Project 42F.2

Project Name: Flood Control, 2nd Street South Scope Description: Construction of a concrete floodwall, earthen levee, utility installations, and modifications to 2nd Street South. Prime Contractor: Hough Inc. Estimated Finish Date: Fall 2017 Amount Awarded: $1.4 M Award Date: 2016 – June

Project 42H.2

Project Name: El Zagal Area Flood Risk Management (El Zagal) Scope Description: Constructing earthen levee and flood wall, floodwall closure, Gatewell, 8 residential demolitions with landscape removal, Sanitary Lift Station, Storm Sewer, Sanitary Sewer, and other components. Prime Contractor: Reiner Estimated Finish Date: Fall 2017 Amount Awarded: $1.5 M Award Date: 2016 – January

Project 42l.1

Project Name: Mickelson Levee Extension (Mickelson) Scope Description: Demolition of 4 residential homes, constructing earthen levee, modification and replacement of storm sewer, modifications to sanitary sewer and water main, and paving. Prime Contractor: Industrial Builders Inc. Estimated Finish Date: Fall 2017 Amount Awarded: $7 M Award Date: 2016 – February

Project 43E.2D

Project Name: Demolition, Schnell Drive and Riverbend Road Scope Description: Demolition or relocation of 11 residential homes in Oxbow, ND, including Utility and landscaping removals and excavation backfilling. Prime Contractor:Schmidt and Son’s Construction Inc. of Kindred, ND Estimated Finish Date: June 30, 2017 Amount Awarded: $.139 M Award Date: 2016 – December
Acquisition Process

Acquisition Process

DESIGN SHOWS NEED FOR PROPERTY RIGHTS The Project Designers (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Diversion Authority consultants, or the P3 Developer) inform the Program Management Consultant (PMC) of required property rights needed for the Project. DIVERSION AUTHORITY APPROVAL TO BEGIN The Diversion Authority Finance Committee reviews the need for property rights, along with the budget,

Project 42G

Project Name: Landscaping Scope Description: Landscape the areas that are included in Projects 42A.1/A.3, 42F.1N, 42F.1S, 42F.2, 42H.2, and 42 I.1. Prime Contractor: Hoffman and McNamara Estimated Finish Date: Fall 2017 Amount Awarded: $.520M Award Date: 2017 – May

Project 43E.2E

Project Name:Oxbow Residential Demolitions II Scope Description: Demolition or relocation of residential homes and golf clubhouse in Oxbow, ND, including utility and landscaping removals and excavation backfilling. Prime Contractor: Schmidt and Sons Estimated Finish Date: Fall 2017 Amount Awarded: $.35M Award Date: 2017 – May
Phase 1 Easement Valuation Study released; Available market data compiled to better-inform mitigation

Phase 1 Easement Valuation Study released; Available market data compiled to better-inform mitigation

The first of a two phase study was recently completed by Crown Appraisals, Inc. for the FM Area Diversion Project. Fully understanding impacts of the Project has been a top priority for the Diversion Board of Authority for many years. During an extreme flood, the Project will operate and water must be temporarily stored on

Project 43E.2F

Project Name: Oxbow Residential Demolitions III Scope Description: Demolition or relocation of additional residential homes in Oxbow, ND, including utility and landscaping removals and excavation backfilling. Prime Contractor: Landwehr Construction Estimated Finish Date: Spring 2018 Amount Awarded: $.235M Award Date: 2017 – May
Property Rights Acquisition Plan

Property Rights Acquisition Plan

As outlined within the FEIS, the Project would have various environmental effects and require various property rights. These impacts, property needs, and mitigation needs were updated through the 2013 Supplemental Environmental Assessment and the 2018 Supplemental Environmental Assessment. The Metro Flood Diversion Authority (Diversion Authority) has prepared a Property Rights Acquisition and Mitigation Plan to document the

Project 28A

Project Name:Cass County Road 16 & 17 Realignment Scope Description: Realignment of Cass County Roads 16 & 17 including traffic circle, bridge approach and intersection north of the Inlet Structure. Prime Contractor: Riley Bros Construction Estimated Finish Date: July 27, 2018 Amount Awarded: $3.176 M Award Date: 2017 – July
Agriculture Impacts and Mitigation

Agriculture Impacts and Mitigation

Crown Appraisals phase 1 report View the Presentation about the report given to the Land Management Committee on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. View the Phase 1 Report Market Study of the Effects on Farmland Value due to Flooding & Flood Easements - Phase 1B Report Watch the meeting Watts and Associates Inc. Development and Implementation of

Project 43CD

Project Name: Oxbow-Hickson-Bakke Scope Description: Oxbow-Hickson-Bakke Ring Levee, Pump Station, Gatewell, Outfall, Storm and Sanitary Sewers, County Road 81 Road Raise, and Streets Prime Contractor: Meyer Contracting Estimated Finish Date: Fall 2018 Amount Awarded: $10.399 M Award Date: 2017 – July
Mitigation Plan

Mitigation Plan

Mitigation - The fair treatment of those who are impacted Approved FM Area Diversion Project Mitigation Plan (June 2020) Draft FM Area Diversion Project Mitigation Plan (August 2018) Doc Date:  August 13, 2018 Editor’s Notes: Property Rights Acquisition and Mitigation Plan contains information about the acquisition of property rights needed for the Project and property mitigation
From Sen. John Hoeven: Senate WRDA & Water Funding Legislation will help Advance Comprehensive Flood Protection in the Red River Valley

From Sen. John Hoeven: Senate WRDA & Water Funding Legislation will help Advance Comprehensive Flood Protection in the Red River Valley

From Sen. John Hoeven’s Office Senator Outlines Provisions to Resolve Easements on HMGP Land, Implement Corps’ WIFIA Low-Cost Loans, Support P3s & Fund Corps Project Construction FARGO, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today convened a roundtable with local leaders from the Fargo-Moorhead region on efforts to advance comprehensive flood protection in the Red River Valley.
Project Update

Project Update

EDITORS NOTE: The Diversion Authority will post a regular project update to provide a brief overview of the status of the project and ongoing activities. For more information, contact info@fmdiversion.com. Environmental and Permit Review Review of the permit application for “Plan B” is underway by the Minnesota DNR. Plan B was officially submitted in a
MDNR News Release: DNR requests comments on scope of supplemental EIS for revised Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project

MDNR News Release: DNR requests comments on scope of supplemental EIS for revised Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources News Release May 21, 2018 The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has determined that a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) is required for the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority’s revised flood risk management project. The DNR will prepare the SEIS to analyze modifications in the revised project proposal. The DNR invites comments
Diversion Authority Requests Court Approval to Continue Flood Protection Efforts in Fargo and Oxbow, No Objection from Minnesota DNR

Diversion Authority Requests Court Approval to Continue Flood Protection Efforts in Fargo and Oxbow, No Objection from Minnesota DNR

The Diversion Authority is seeking approval from the U.S. District Court of Minnesota to continue construction of flood protection systems for the cities of Fargo and Oxbow, ND. The request for a partial lifting of the injunction from Chief Judge John Tunheim comes on the heels of a new permit application for the FM Area
One-Page CLOMR Overview

One-Page CLOMR Overview

One-Page CLOMR Overview 2020 Updated One-pager: CLOMR Overview
Diversion Authority Officially Submits  Plan B to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources;  Adopts All Recommendations from Governors’ Task Force

Diversion Authority Officially Submits Plan B to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; Adopts All Recommendations from Governors’ Task Force

The Diversion Board of Authority today voted to accept all recommendations from the Task Force formed by Governor Dayton and Governor Burgum and officially submit a new permit application to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR).  “It is time for the Diversion Authority to make this official.” said Board Chair and Mayor of Moorhead Del
Diversion Authority Announces Intent to Submit Plan B to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; Adopts All Recommendations from Governors’ Task Force

Diversion Authority Announces Intent to Submit Plan B to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; Adopts All Recommendations from Governors’ Task Force

The Diversion Board of Authority today announced it will be submitting a new permit application to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). “We are ready to submit to the DNR a new proposal for a comprehensive flood protection for our region.” said Board Chair and Mayor of Moorhead Del Rae Williams. The project outlined in the
Cass County 17 reopened south of Horace

Cass County 17 reopened south of Horace

A temporary bypass road reconnecting traffic on Cass County 17 south of Horace has been completed and the road has been reopened. The bypass road was constructed west of the original road alignment because of the large excavation in the area. “Ensuring the road is safe for winter was our main priority,” Cass County Engineer
Cass County 17 to be Re-Opened with Construction of Bypass

Cass County 17 to be Re-Opened with Construction of Bypass

Construction of a bypass road to reconnect traffic on Cass County 17 south of Horace is expected to begin early next week. A stipulation agreement between all parties in the FM Area Diversion Project lawsuit was presented to the federal judge for approval earlier this week. U.S. District Court Judge John A. Tunheim approved a
FEMA’s CLOMR announcement

FEMA’s CLOMR announcement

See the original announcement FEMA Issues Conditional Letter of Map Revision for Minnesota and North Dakota with regard to Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Project   The Fargo-Moorhead (FM) Diversion Project is the first project in which the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has utilized a private/public partnership, dividing project work into Federal work and non-Federal work.
CLOMR Comment Documents

CLOMR Comment Documents

Comment document for Cass County and Richland Counties, North Dakota Comment document for Clay and Wilkin Counties, Minnesota
FEMA’s FAQ about the CLOMR

FEMA’s FAQ about the CLOMR

1 August 2017 Office of External Affairs Frequently Asked Questions Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project Conditional Letter of Map RevisionProject Scope and Communities Impacted Q1. What is the Fargo-2 Diversion Project? A1. The Fargo-Moorhead (FM) Diversion Project will establish permanent flood protection measures for the region. Once constructed this project is a 20,000 cubic feet per second, 36-mile long, 1,500
Video update – Inlet and Control Structure

Video update – Inlet and Control Structure

Taken July 25, 2017 Flyover video taken July 25, 2017    

Cass Highway 81 Closure Information

Cass 81 North Of Oxbow Is Scheduled To Close August Through October 2017. The final stages of construction for the OHB levee system will force the closure of Cass Highway 81 starting in August of 2017. The closure and detour are anticipated to end October 2017. Follow this page for more information.
Photo and Video update – Inlet and Control Structure

Photo and Video update – Inlet and Control Structure

Taken Monday, June 10, 2017 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ contractor is busy working at the site of the future FM Area Diversion Project Inlet and Control structure south of Horace. Flyover video taken June 16, 2017     According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District Fargo-Moorhead Flood Diversion Inlet Structure
Photo and Video update – Site of Inlet and Control Structure

Photo and Video update – Site of Inlet and Control Structure

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ contractor is busy working at the site of the future FM Area Diversion Project Inlet and Control structure south of Horace. Flyover video taken June 16, 2017
Statement on Diversion Project Construction at the Inlet Control Structure

Statement on Diversion Project Construction at the Inlet Control Structure

Some confusion surrounding the property rights for construction of the Diversion Project’s Inlet Control Structure surfaced this afternoon after the property owner alleged improper activity on his property. Construction has been underway since April on the Diversion Project Inlet Control Structure south of Horace, North Dakota. The Cass County Joint Water Resource District (CCJWRD) previously
U.S. Army Corps includes $20M for FM Area Diversion Project in its FY2017 Work Plan

U.S. Army Corps includes $20M for FM Area Diversion Project in its FY2017 Work Plan

The FM Area Diversion Project is slated for $20 Million in federal funding through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers work plan for fiscal year 2017 (FY2017). The Project previously received a “new start” and $5 Million in federal appropriations for construction in the FY2016 Corps work plan. The FY2016 funding is being used for

CLOMR – 2017

What is a CLOMR A Conditional Letter of Map Revision, or CLOMR, is FEMA’s comment on a proposed project that would affect the hydrologic or hydraulic characteristics of a flooding source. A CLOMR does not revise the current National Flood Insurance Program map (NFIP). It just outlines whether the project, if built as proposed, would
Photo update – Site of Inlet and Control Structure

Photo update – Site of Inlet and Control Structure

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ contractor is busy working at the site of the future FM Area Diversion Project Inlet and Control structure south of Horace.
Traffic update: County 17 and County 16 Intersection

Traffic update: County 17 and County 16 Intersection

The Diversion Inlet and Control Structure is being built just north of the intersection of County Road 17 and County Road 16 south of Horace. The intersection will be moved and a roundabout will be added. To get the work done, a detour will be in place for the summer months. Detour Overview   Estimated Construction Dates
Leaders break ground on Diversion Inlet and Control Structure

Leaders break ground on Diversion Inlet and Control Structure

Local, state and federal officials gathered today to commemorate the fight against the floodwaters of 1997 and officially mark the beginning of construction on the FM Area Diversion Project. More than 150 people attended the event south of Horace today. The site will be the future location of the Diversion Inlet and Control Structure that marks

Horace City Council Update

Informational Booklet Book presented to the Horace City Council during an update in 2017.
Federal and local leaders invite the community to remember 1997 flood;  celebrate groundbreaking on federal project

Federal and local leaders invite the community to remember 1997 flood; celebrate groundbreaking on federal project

MVP-PA-2017-025 ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, and the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Board of Authority invite the public to a 1997 Flood Commemoration and Groundbreaking Ceremony at 1 p.m., Monday, April 17. The ceremony will take place on the 20th anniversary of the day the Red River crested in
Corps of Engineers contractor set to begin work at diversion inlet structure

Corps of Engineers contractor set to begin work at diversion inlet structure

Read the release on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website. Posted 2/14/2017 Release no. 17-017 ST. PAUL, Minn. – A contractor for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is preparing to start construction activities on the diversion inlet structure, near Horace, North Dakota, this week. The contractor, Ames Construction, Inc., from
Request for Proposals (RFP) Released for Diversion Channel

Request for Proposals (RFP) Released for Diversion Channel

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. The RFP document includes a specific outline of services a contractor would be required to complete as part of the Public-Private Partnership (P3) agreement. The
Corps awards its first contract for Fargo-Moorhead diversion project

Corps awards its first contract for Fargo-Moorhead diversion project

NEWS RELEASE Dec. 6, 2016 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District MVP-PA-2016-100 Contact: Shannon Bauer: 651-290-5108, 612-840-9453, shannon.l.bauer@usace.army.mil Corps awards its first contract for Fargo-Moorhead diversion project ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, awarded a $46,040,475.00 contract on Dec. 6, to Ames Construction, Inc., of Burnsville, Minnesota,
2nd Street Officially Opened; Floodwall Completed

2nd Street Officially Opened; Floodwall Completed

Leaders of the Fargo-Moorhead area joined together today to celebrate the completion of work on the 2nd street floodwall project. The project was officially finished today and 2nd St. north of 1st Ave. reopened shortly after the ribbon cutting An aerial view of the new floodwall running along 2nd Street in Downtown Fargo ceremony. “This is
Diversion Authority Shortlists Four P3 Teams Interested in Constructing the Diversion Project

Diversion Authority Shortlists Four P3 Teams Interested in Constructing the Diversion Project

The Metro Flood Diversion Authority (Diversion Authority) has completed its evaluations and interviews of the respondents to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Public-Private Partnership (P3) constructed portion of the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Area Flood Risk Management Project (Diversion Project). The Diversion Authority Board took action today to shortlist four teams that best represented their
FM Leaders, Corps: We are committed to building the Diversion

FM Leaders, Corps: We are committed to building the Diversion

Numerous public leaders reconfirmed their commitment to building the FM Area Diversion Project this morning during a press conference at Fargo City Hall. “Fargo and Moorhead need a permanent flood solution,” Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney said. “The reality is we have gotten over many hurdles with this project. It’s now a federally-authorized project and we
Minnesota DNR Releases Permit Decision Related to Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project

Minnesota DNR Releases Permit Decision Related to Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project

 The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today 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. “Fargo-Moorhead continues to be at risk from flooding
2nd Street Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

2nd Street Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The City of Fargo and members of the Flood Diversion Board of Authority, joined by Senator John Hoeven, will officially reopen 2nd street in downtown Fargo at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday Nov. 22, north of the intersection of 2nd St and 1st Ave N. Traffic on the road has been shut down for more than a
Six Contractors Interested in Building the P3 Portion of the FM Area Diversion Project

Six Contractors Interested in Building the P3 Portion of the FM Area Diversion Project

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. “The number of responses from the industry shows there is great interest in the project.” Darrell
Diversion Authority Releases RFQ Seeking Contractors Interested in Building the P3 Portion of the Project

Diversion Authority Releases RFQ Seeking Contractors Interested in Building the P3 Portion of the Project

The Flood Diversion Board of Authority authorized the release of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) this afternoon. The RFQ invites respondents to submit their qualifications to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the Public-Private Partnership (P3) portion of the FM Area Diversion Project. Qualifications documents must be submitted by interested firms by 4 p.m. (Central
Project Partnership Agreement signed by Fargo, Moorhead, Diversion Authority and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (VIDEO)

Project Partnership Agreement signed by Fargo, Moorhead, Diversion Authority and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (VIDEO)

Project Partnership Agreement signed by Fargo, Moorhead, Diversion Authority and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (VIDEO) (July 11, 2016) – The Mayors of Fargo and Moorhead, the Chair of the Flood Diversion Board of Authority, and the Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Lowry Crook today signed a Project Partnership Agreement
Project Partnership Agreement to be signed by Fargo, Moorhead, Diversion Authority and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Project Partnership Agreement to be signed by Fargo, Moorhead, Diversion Authority and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Leaders of Fargo, Moorhead, the Flood Diversion Board of Authority and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Ms. Jo-Ellen Darcy, will come together on Monday, July 11, to sign a project partnership agreement (PPA) for the FM Area Diversion Project.  The PPA is the official agreement that marks the beginning of the
Minnesota DNR Releases Positive Determination of Adequacy Related to Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project

Minnesota DNR Releases Positive Determination of Adequacy Related to Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today released the Determination of Adequacy of its Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the F-M Area Diversion Project. The Determination of Adequacy concludes that Minnesota conducted a thorough assessment of the project and alternatives, and this step allows Minnesota to consider permitting and construction, which the Corps
Fargo and Moorhead Approve Final Agreement with Army Corps to Construct the FM Diversion

Fargo and Moorhead Approve Final Agreement with Army Corps to Construct the FM Diversion

The Moorhead City Council approved a Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) on June 13 by a vote of 7-1. The PPA was also approved by Fargo on June 6. Fargo and Moorhead are the two original local sponsors of the federal FM Area Diversion Project. The PPA is
MNDNR EIS Does Not Identify Any Additional Reasonable Alternatives to Diversion Project

MNDNR EIS Does Not Identify Any Additional Reasonable Alternatives to Diversion Project

The Diversion Authority is ready to move to the next stage of building permanent flood protection for the Fargo-Moorhead area following the release by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) of its Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the FM Area Diversion Project. The summary document of the Final EIS says that the DNR
Cost Estimate Updated for FM Area Diversion Project

Cost Estimate Updated for FM Area Diversion Project

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 $2.1 billion. The updated estimate was delivered to the Flood Diversion Board of Authority today. The increase from the estimate of $1.8 billion issued in 2011 is based on
Corps of Engineers Work Plan Includes Funding to Begin Construction on FM Area Diversion Project

Corps of Engineers Work Plan Includes Funding to Begin Construction on FM Area Diversion Project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has selected the FM Area Diversion Project as one of six projects nationwide that will begin construction in Fiscal Year 2016. The Corps’ Work Plan includes $5 million appropriated by Congress for the current fiscal year to get the project started. The Corps cannot use the dollars for construction
Diversion Authority Goals for 2016

Diversion Authority Goals for 2016

By Darrell Vanyo, Chairman of the Diversion Authority Now that we have heard from our Congressional Delegations the good news that federal funding could be on the way, flood protection for Fargo-Moorhead is expected to take significant steps forward in 2016. In December, the Diversion Authority approved a $237.5 million budget for 2016. The budget
Congressional Delegation Works with Diversion Authority on Next Steps

Congressional Delegation Works with Diversion Authority on Next Steps

Members and staff of the North Dakota and Minnesota Congressional delegations are working with the Diversion Authority on the next steps that need to be taken to secure permanent flood protection for Fargo and Moorhead in the form of the FM Area Diversion Project. Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, and Representative Kevin Cramer of
Diversion Authority Approves 2016 Budget

Diversion Authority Approves 2016 Budget

The Diversion Authority has approved the 2016 budget for continuing work on the FM Area Diversion Project. The 2016 budget is $237.5 million, which includes more than $96 million for existing projects and $141 million for new ones. The Diversion Authority has set the following primary goals for the next year: Support the completion of
Study Released Detailing Revenue Impacts on Farmland Due to Diversion Project

Study Released Detailing Revenue Impacts on Farmland Due to Diversion Project

The Flood Diversion Board of Authority has released the initial results of a new study that details the impacts on agricultural revenues due to the operation of the FM Area Diversion Project. The Diversion Authority contracted with North Dakota State University’s Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics to help evaluate the impacts on farming revenues
Busy Months Ahead for Diversion Project on Several Fronts

Busy Months Ahead for Diversion Project on Several Fronts

Major events will occur in the next month that provide support for the FM Area Diversion Project and address several concerns. That was main message delivered in person earlier this month in Testimony to the North Dakota Water Topics Overview Committee by the Chairman of the Flood Diversion Board of Authority. Federal Support Chairman Darrell
Cemetery Mitigation

Cemetery Mitigation

Cemetery Mitigation Plan (Draft) (June 2015) Doc date:   June 1, 2015 Editor’s notes:  Cemetery Mitigation Study was conducted to analyze mitigation alternatives for each of the potentially impacted cemetery sites.  Site specific analysis of mitigation alternatives formulated for each cemetery considered the existing site conditions, the impacts of staged water due to the Project at the
North Dakota Governor Signs Water Bill Containing Diversion Funding

North Dakota Governor Signs Water Bill Containing Diversion Funding

North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple has signed legislation which includes $69 million in appropriation for the FM Area Diversion Project for the next fiscal year. Senate Bill 2020 (SB2020) is the legislation that carries the Governor’s budget for the State Water Commission and contains funding for water projects across the State. The Diversion Project previously
Construction Continues on In-Town Pump Stations and Ring Levee

Construction Continues on In-Town Pump Stations and Ring Levee

Construction continues on several projects within the City of Fargo which will enhance the flood protection to be provided after the FM Area Diversion Project is built. In addition, the construction of replacement homes in Oxbow, ND is progressing at a healthy pace. In Fargo, walls are going up on the 2nd Street North Pump

Diversion Funding Bill Crosses Over to North Dakota House

A bill providing $69 million for the FM Area Diversion Project has crossed-over to the North Dakota House after the Senate version was approved in February by a unanimous vote of 46-0. On March 19, Tim Mahoney, Fargo Mayor and member of the Diversion Authority, attended a hearing at the North Dakota State Capitol, where

North Dakota Senate Approves Diversion Funding

The North Dakota Senate has approved funding for the F-M Area Diversion Project by a unanimous vote of 46-0. Senate Bill 2020 (SB2020) includes $69 million for the Diversion, and will now cross over to the House where it will go through the hearing process again. The $69 million is part of the $450 million

Construction Continues Apace on Aspects of Diversion Project

During the February 6 special meeting of the Flood Diversion Board of Authority, Project leaders told members of Congress and the Corps of Engineers that construction is moving forward at a healthy pace. “While we are desperately looking for Federal money, we recognize this project is too important to wait, so we are moving forward

Work Continues on In-Town Pump Stations and Ring Levees

Work continues on several projects within the City of Fargo which will enhance the flood protection to be provided after the F-M Area Diversion Project is constructed. Prep work has been completed on the 4th Street Pump Station along 4th Street South near Dike East. Construction will begin soon. Traffic is not expected to be

Land Acquisition Underway

The acquisition of the land necessary to build the F-M Area Diversion Project is underway. Overall, the Diversion Project will require the acquisition of approximately $350-$400 million in land rights. This includes more than 1,300 parcels and approximately 7,000 acres along the channel footprint. The land rights include fee titles, permanent easements and temporary easements.

Home Construction Begins in Oxbow

The construction of homes which will be needed to mitigate the impacts of the Oxbow-Hickson-Bakke Ring Levee Project is underway in Oxbow, ND. Forty homes and one business within the City of Oxbow need to be acquired. The Cass County Joint Water Resource District (CCJWRD), which is acquiring the North Dakota land needed for the

OHB Levee Construction Progresses

Construction on Work Package 43A of the Oxbow-Hickson-Bakke (OHB) Levee project, which will protect these communities from water that would be stored upstream of Fargo-Moorhead by the Diversion Project, has been completed. Design is continuing on remaining sections of the Levee. The status of the OHB Levee project is as follows: WP-43A (Levee) – Completed

Diversion Authority Approves Proposed 2015 Budget

The Flood Diversion Board of Authority has approved a budget for the F-M Area Diversion Project for 2015. The $211 million budget includes approximately $100 million for land acquisition activities; and $80 million for the construction of intown levies in Fargo and Moorhead as well as the construction of the Oxbow-Hickson-Bakke Ring Levee Project. “The

Construction Underway on OHB Levee

Construction is underway on the Oxbow-Hickson-Bakke (OHB) Levee project, which will independently provide approximately 200 residences in North Dakota with permanent flood protection and is designed as part of the overall Diversion Project as a mitigation. President Obama signed legislation authorizing the Diversion Project on June 10. The ring levee will provide 500-year flood protection
A Look at the Aesthetics of Fargo’s 2nd Street Flood Protection Project

A Look at the Aesthetics of Fargo’s 2nd Street Flood Protection Project

Plans for Fargo’s 2nd Street flood control project are moving forward with new designs for landscaping and the selection of materials to be used on flood walls and other architecture. This project is designed to work in conjunction with the F-M Area Diversion Project to provide the City of Fargo with optimal flood protection. After

Diversion Project Business Task Force Meets

The Business Leaders for Permanent Flood Protection task force met on Wednesday, July 9 and focused exclusively on Minnesota. More than 50 people attended the meeting. Numerous Minnesota business leaders voiced their support for the F-M Area Diversion Project to elected representatives such as Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams; Moorhead City council members Mari Daily,

Funding Update Provided to North Dakota Water Topics Overview Committee

The chairman of the Flood Diversion Board of Authority has updated the North Dakota Water Topics Overview Committee regarding funding for the F-M Area Diversion Project. Darrell Vanyo provided updates to Committee members on four main topics: the Diversion Project’s recent Presidential authorization as specified in the Water Resource Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), work
Diversion Coordination with Minnesota DNR Ongoing

Diversion Coordination with Minnesota DNR Ongoing

The technical team supporting the development of the F-M Area Diversion Project has been busy working with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and several other agencies to maintain communication essential to completion of the Project. The Minnesota DNR must prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Project to comply with the Minnesota

Presidential Signature Authorizes FM Area Diversion Project Construction

President Obama has signed a bill into law which authorizes construction to move forward on the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project. The signing of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) marks a critical step to acquiring federal funding for the Project, which will build permanent flood protection for approximately 200,000 people in North Dakota and

U.S. Senate Passes Authorization for FM Area Diversion Project

Both bodies of Congress have now passed a bill into law which authorizes construction on the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project. The U.S. Senate has joined the House in signing the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), which is the latest step to acquiring federal funding for the Project which will build permanent flood protection for

Oxbow-Hickson-Bakke Levee Project Moves Forward

The flood protection ring levee project around the City of Oxbow, ND and communities of Hickson and Bakke took a positive step forward today as the Cass County Joint Water Resource District agreed to advertise for bids on the first phase of the Oxbow-Hickson-Bakke (OHB) Levee project. The Cass County Joint Water Resources District will

Diversion Authority Approves Plan to Mitigate Ag Impacts

The Diversion Authority has approved the development of an Agricultural Impacts Mitigation Plan, which includes providing flowage easements and supplemental crop insurance for lands impacted by the proposed F-M Area Diversion Project. The Plan goes beyond the minimum federal requirements, which are limited to purchasing flowage easements. The Plan indicates that the Diversion Authority will

FM Area Diversion Project Receives House Authorization

The U.S. House of Representatives’ authorization of the FM Area Diversion Project marks the completion of another critical step required to secure federal funding for the Project. Following the end of the government shutdown, one of the House’s first actions was to authorize the Diversion Project as part of the Water Resources Reform and Development

Updated Map of Diversion Project Released

Engineers have released an updated map of the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project’s alignment and features. The release follows Corps of Engineers approval in September of documents which detail improvements and modifications to the Project. The changes, which are now final, result in significant cost savings, reduce the number of impacted residential structures, reduce impacts to Richland

Plan to Manage Acquired Properties Approved

The Diversion Authority has approved a plan to manage properties acquired to build and operate the Project. The plan will help the Authority exercise fiduciary and other responsibilities arising from acquired properties; address liability and risk; properly manage physical assets to be a good neighbor, and properly manage physical assets to allow construction and operation

UPDATED: Legislation with Authorization for Diversion Project Passes House Committee

The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has unanimously approved bipartisan water resources reform legislation that contains authorization for the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project. The Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) is anticipated to receive a vote in the U.S. House in the next couple of months. Through WRRDA, Congress authorizes the U.S.

Diversion Authority and Oxbow Sign Agreement for Ring Levee

The Diversion Authority and City of Oxbow, ND have approved a finalized Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which outlines each organization’s roles and responsibilities regarding the construction of a ring levee for Oxbow. Under the MOU, homes in the Oxbow area would remain within the Diversion Project’s Staging Area, but would be protected from flooding to

Corps Concludes Public Review of Draft Supplemental EA

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, has concluded its public review and comment period for the Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project. The period began on June 14, 2013 and ended on July 15, 2013. Official comments were accepted electronically in the Comments section of FMDiversion.com, on

In Town Levees

ESA of Case Plaza Property Doc date: July 1, 2013 Part 1: In-Town Levees Project Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, Case Plaza Property 117 Northern Pacific Avenue, Fargo, North Dakota. (July 2013) Part 2: In-Town Levees Project Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, Case Plaza Property 117 Northern Pacific Avenue, Fargo, North Dakota. (July 2013) Part

Diversion Authority and Oxbow Reach Agreement for Levee Construction

The Diversion Authority and City of Oxbow, ND have reached a milestone agreement which outlines each organization’s roles and responsibilities regarding the construction of a ring levee for Oxbow. Homes in the Oxbow area would be located in the Diversion Project’s Staging Area, but would be protected from flooding to a 500-year level, which ranks

U.S. Senate Passes Bill Authorizing Diversion

(Updated from the original May 15, 2013 article) A measure that would provide federal authorization for the Fargo-Moorhead (FM) Area Diversion Project passed the U.S. Senate on May 15, 2013. The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2013 (S. 601) authorizes important Army Corps of Engineers projects that will create jobs, spur economic growth, and

Governor Dalrymple Signs Bill to Fund FM Area Diversion

North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple has signed House Bill 1020, which includes approximately $100 million for flood protection efforts in Cass County. The legislation also provides legislative intent for $450 million in state funding for the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project once certain conditions are met. “We are pleased to have the support of the state

Heitkamp Announces Additional Federal Funding for Diversion Project

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp issued the following press release Thursday: U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp announced Thursday that the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project will receive more than 60 percent more in federal funding for Fiscal Year 2013 than originally allocated. The Diversion Project will now receive $7.4 million. The Fargo-Moorhead Metro Diversion Project was already allocated

Diversion Project Continues Despite President’s Budget Plan

Even though the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project did not receive specific funding in the President’s budget proposal, members of the Flood Diversion Board of Authority are confident of federal support for this critical regional flood protection project. North Dakota’s congressional delegation, along with Minnesota’s two senators and 7th District representative, requested funding for the Diversion

Area Legislators Receive Update on Diversion Project

Representatives from the City of Fargo and Cass County hosted an open house to brief area legislators on the FM Area Diversion Project on November 20. The lawmakers who attended received updates on the new Diversion alignment, Project features, operational impacts, and financing. The legislators heard an optimistic projection on funding. Diversion Authority member and
Property Acquisition Schedule

Property Acquisition Schedule

Diversion Channel Acquisition Schedule Based on P3 procurement schedule from June 2020 Parcels with structures:  September 1, 2020 Land parcels (no structures):  October 15, 2020

Hardship Purchase Agreements of Two Properties Approved

The Flood Diversion Board of Authority has approved agreements to purchase two properties in compliance with the Board’s Hardship Policy. The contracts are for purchase at the appraised value plus relocation expenses. Under the Hardship Policy, the property must be located within the planned buyout area associated with the Project, the property owner must have

Corps and Diversion Authority Move Forward with New Alignment

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, in cooperation with the Flood Diversion Board of Authority, announced on Thursday the final diversion channel alignment for the proposed Fargo-Moorhead (FM) Area Diversion Project. The Corps of Engineers revised the diversion channel alignment and associated features since publishing its Final Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact

Diversion Authority Endorses Two Project Design Features

The Flood Diversion Authority has endorsed the inclusion of two features in the design of the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project. Local engineering firms, engineering staff from local entities and the Corps of Engineers have developed preliminary designs for adjustable gates on the Diversion inlet channel. In addition, they’ve also drawn-up plans for increasing Red River

Contracts Awarded for Engineering Analysis

A contract was awarded to the joint venture of Bergmann Associates, Inc.; Hanson Professional Services, Inc.; and HDR Engineering, Inc. on August 31, 2012, to provide engineering analysis of alternatives for and to construct a physical model of the Maple River Aqueduct feature of the Fargo-Moorhead Metro project. This model will be used to develop

Corps Continues Survey Field Work, Mitigation Assessment

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, in cooperation with the Flood Diversion Board of Authority, began field surveys on Monday, August 6, for the proposed flood diversion channel being proposed for the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area. Corps of Engineers and URS Corporation employees will conduct biological and cultural surveys. The biological surveys will

Agricultural Policy Subcommittee Holds First Meeting

The Agricultural Policy Subcommittee held its first meeting on May 30th at 7:00 pm at the Dakota Ag Cooperative Board Room in Kindred, North Dakota. The meeting was attended by 17 people, including eight from across the area who represented the agricultural community. The subcommittee’s mission is to tackle the agricultural impacts associated with the
Corps of Engineers Project Update: May 2012

Corps of Engineers Project Update: May 2012

By Katie Young, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers The Corps of Engineers is continuing design work on Outlet/Reach 1 with the development of a Preliminary Engineering Report (PER). The PER documents the design of the diversion channel and associated features at 35% completeness. The PER will be used as a template for all future reaches.

Diversion Authority Sets Path Forward After Record of Decision

The Flood Diversion Board of Authority and other local sponsors of the proposed Fargo-Moorhead Flood Diversion Project are moving forward with additional studies that could lead to several design improvements and changes. The studies come in response to public input, and will research potential improvements that would not only lead to cost savings, but could

Diversion Project Advances to Congress

The proposed Fargo-Moorhead Flood Diversion Project has received another critical approval. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), Ms. Jo-Ellen Darcy, has signed a Record of Decision (ROD) on the Project’s Final Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Study (FEIS). The action concludes the federal environmental review process. The recommended

Hoeven Welcomes Record of Decision Signing for FM Flood Diversion Project

Senator John Hoeven has issued a statement welcoming the signing of the Record of Decision and how the signing allows Congress to start working on authorizing the Diversion Project. To read Senator Hoeven’s release, click here.

Diversion Authority Selects Local Firms for Project Construction

The Flood Diversion Authority on Thursday approved the selection of local engineering firms that will participate in constructing the F-M Area Diversion Project. The engagement of these firms ensures the diversion will benefit from local talent working on local components of the project. The firms’ involvement will also help create local jobs and boost our

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