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The Flood Diversion Board of Authority on Thursday began considering Fiscal Year 2013 funding and workplan options for the Fargo-Moorhead (FM) Metro Flood Risk Management Project. The options include:

  1. Matching the five million dollars in federal contributions as a minimal effort to meet the Fiscal Year 2013 President’s Budget funding level. Under this option, a date of flood protection is unknown.
  2. Advancing close to $50 million in Fiscal Year 2013 to commit to building the Project by 2020. This would facilitate a technically-sound schedule that matches cash flows to achieve protection by 2020.
  3. Two intermediate options, with funding levels between $22 million-$25 million in Fiscal Year 2013, that could deliver the Project by 2021:
    • a. One intermediate option would include completing designs and purchasing land to begin construction in 2014.
    • b. The other intermediate option includes no non-hardship land purchases in 2013, but continued design efforts in 2013. Under this option, construction would be delayed approximately one-year.

In addition to the FY’13 workplan, the Board is also starting discussions on updating the joint-powers agreement that formed the Flood Diversion Authority. The budget sections within the JPA will need to be updated to reflect Diversion Authority work planned for Fiscal Year 2013. The Diversion Authority is scheduled to decide on these important issues by its September board meeting.

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