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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, along with the Flood Diversion Authority, will host a public meeting Thursday, Sept. 13, to update the public on the proposed changes to the project, including the channel alignment at the southern end. The changes are being proposed to minimize impacts, decrease risk and reduce project costs.

The public meeting will be from 6-9 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott, 1080 28th Ave. S., in Moorhead. There will be an open house at 6 p.m., followed by a formal presentation from 7 to 8 p.m. and a question and answer period ending at 9 p.m.

An informational meeting for elected officials from the member entities of the Diversion Authority, also open to the public, will be held on the same day at the Courtyard Marriott, starting at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 9 a.m.

Anyone interested in the project is welcome to attend, and public input is encouraged. If sign language interpreters are needed, please contact Katie Young, Corps project management, at (651) 290-5259 or katie.m.young@usace.army.mil, no later than Sept. 6.

The proposed project will involve the construction of a 35-mile long diversion channel located in North Dakota that would direct floodwater around the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area. The project would temporarily store up to 200,000 acre-feet of flood water immediately upstream of the diversion channel inlet in order to minimize downstream impacts. The plan would remove much of the Fargo-Moorhead area from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s regulatory floodplain. The diversion project will achieve reliable flood risk management that will protect approximately 200,000 people in the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area, our economy and quality of life.

The Flood Diversion Authority was formed through a joint powers agreement between the City of Fargo; the City of Moorhead; Cass County, North Dakota; Clay County, Minnesota; the Joint Cass Water Resource District; and the Buffalo-Red River Watershed District. The Authority board is made up of nine members representing these stakeholders. The mission of the Flood Diversion Authority is to build a flood diversion project to protect the approximately 200,000 residents of the greater metropolitan area. For more information, go to www.fmdiversion.gov.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, serves the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. It contributes around $175 million to the five-state district economy. The 700 employees work at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil.

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