(March 5, 2019) – The Diversion Board of Authority released the following statements today regarding the recent decision by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army’s Civil Works division.
On March 1, 2019, R.D. James, the Assistant Secretary of the Army’s Civil Works Division, approved an increase in the federal participation in the FM Area Diversion Project from $450 Million to $750 Million.
“Thank you to Sen. Hoeven and our whole federal delegation for their tireless work to ensure that flood protection for our region remains a top priority in Washington. This increased funding helps support the work of the Governors Task Force that resulted in the right project for our community,” said Board Chair Mary Scherling, Cass County Commissioner. “Our citizens have stepped up to financially support flood protection and we thank our federal partners for their continued support and prompt response to our request for additional funding.”
The $750 Million federal funding amount is in line with the updated cost and financial plan approved by the Board in November 2018.
“Our legislative leaders in Bismarck have told us that before they commit additional State funding that the federal government needs to be there too. The news of an additional $300 million from the federal government is well-timed for us to work with our legislators in Bismarck on a balanced funding approach for this critical project,” said Scherling.
“With so many years of study, a permit from the State of Minnesota, and federal funding in place, it is time to move forward on this overdue flood protection for Fargo-Moorhead,” Board Vice-Chair and Clay County Commissioner Kevin Campbell noted. “We also remain committed to our obligations to those upstream and to our local watershed. We will be working with them to appropriately mitigate Project impacts as outlined in the MDNR Permit.”