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The Chair and Vice Chair of the Diversion Board of Authority have released the following statements regarding the publication of the draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

“I’d like to thank Governors Mark Dayton and Doug Burgum for their leadership and for the example they set,” Board Chair Del Rae Williams, Mayor of Moorhead, said. “The Task Force they created last year was inclusive of multiple perspectives and I really appreciate that. This has to be a joint Minnesota and North Dakota effort.

“It’s evident the DNR has been working hard on this issue,” she added. “This draft reflects the initial work of the Task Force and the continued technical work and environmental review by the DNR. I think it’s a step in the right direction.”

“I know there is a lot of public interest in the permitting process and I hope people take the time to read and comment on the draft document,” she added. “The DNR has a methodical approach. It’s designed to make sure we look at every aspect of the issue. The approach helps improve projects and find a balance between providing flood protection and the associated impacts.”

Board Vice-Chair and Cass County Commissioner Mary Scherling noted, “I’m glad to see a draft of the SEIS has been released. Although Plan B has significant impacts in Cass County, it’s a compromise necessary to remove the threat of catastrophic flooding and prevent flood insurance mandates on thousands of homes across the County.”

“We are ready to act on mitigation of the project impacts and will make sure to treat those impacted fairly,” said Scherling.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has also released a Supplemental Environmental Assessment document for public comment. Both documents are available at FMDiversion.com.