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The Diversion Authority has developed a detailed Mitigation Plan outlining mitigation requirements that will be followed for the FargoMoorhead Area Diversion Project to address the outstanding issues previously identified during studies by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). The plan is currently under review by the MDNR and the North Dakota State Water Commission (NDSWC).

The plan outlines the steps the Diversion Authority will take to ensure the fair treatment of people, property and the environment impacted by the project. The Mitigation Plan consists of comprehensive property mitigation and environmental mitigation plans. The Mitigation Plan is also a compilation of a series of plans for a variety of topics.

Completing a comprehensive Mitigation Plan was a top priority of the Diversion Authority and Chairman Darrell Vanyo. (see Chairman’s 2016 Goals)

“The release of our Mitigation Plan is a major step forward towards permanent flood protection for the Fargo-Moorhead area,’ said Chairman Darrell Vanyo. “I hope this plan and the commitments being made to mitigate the potential impacts of the project related to agricultural, environmental, and property impacts put some who are impacted more at ease.”

The Mitigation Plan has been shared with permitting agencies in the State of Minnesota through the MDNR and the State of North Dakota through the NDSWC. It is intended to be a living document that will be reviewed and amended periodically with input from agencies and others.

“I hope this plan shows that we are serious about taking care of those who are impacted in rural Minnesota and North Dakota,” said Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams. “We will continue to work with permitting agencies in both States to review and refine this plan.”

Read the Mitigation Plan here.