FM Area Diversion attracts national interest with visit from senior U.S. Army official

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Jennifer Darling, Director of Communications 701-660-0914
Metro Flood Diversion Authority DarlingJ@fmdiversion.gov

Senior Army Official visit demonstrates national interest in FM Area Diversion

Closely watched project may be a model for future U.S. infrastructure projects

FARGO, ND (July 27, 2021) – The Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army,(ASA) Civil Works , Jaimie Pinkham, visited Fargo last week to tour the FM Area Diversion project and to get an update on this project of national significance. was hosted by the Metro Flood Diversion Authority (MFDA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), St. Paul District including its commanding officer, Colonel Karl Jansen. Fargo mayor Tim Mahoney, Moorhead mayor Shelly Carlson, and West Fargo mayor Bernie Dardis along with other project representatives at one of the Corps’ active project construction sites.

 

Pinkham said, “I was honored to visit the Fargo-Moorhead Metro Flood Risk Management Project and in particular to witness the strong teamwork among the local partners across North Dakota and Minnesota. Through an innovative public private partnership (P3), USACE and our local partners have a shared commitment to delivering critical infrastructure that will create new jobs while mitigating our impact on natural wetlands in the communities of Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo, Horace, and Harwood. Upon completion this project will significantly reduce the annual flood risk and provide resiliency to the community for generations. So far, utilization of P3 on the Fargo-Moorhead project has provided an estimated $330 million in construction savings and will enable the project to operate 10 years sooner when compared with traditional delivery. Climate change demands bold solutions, and this project represents such a solution,” said Pinkham.

 

MFDA Board Chair, Mayor Shelly Carlson, said, “It was wonderful to connect with the Assistant Secretary and share the progress we have already accomplished. This has been a long journey, and the Army Corps of Engineers has been an integral partner. We look forward to working with the Corps to complete the project on time and on budget leading to permanent flood relief for the Fargo-Moorhead area.”

 

Earlier this summer the MFDA highlighted the many historic firsts of the project when it announced its selection of the Red River Valley Alliance as its P3 partner. The Red River Valley Alliance is a global consortium led by ACCIONA, Shikun & Binui, and North American Construction Group. The FM Area Diversion is the first to use the P3 construction engineering model for flood management in North America; it is also a first for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a joint P3/Corps civil engineering project.

 

MFDA Executive Director Joel Paulsen said, “We are proud to demonstrate the progress we are making on permanent, reliable flood protection. The Diversion Authority is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to document the innovation of this program to benefit the entire nation.”

 

The MFDA is the governing authority managing the FM Area Diversion. The project is designed to provide permanent, reliable flood protection to the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area. Construction on the FM Area Diversion began in 2017. Plans are to have permanent flood protection in place by 2027. For more information about the MFDA, visit FMDiversion.gov.

 

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For additional information or photo needs contact: Jennifer Darling, Director of Communications, MFDA; jdarling@fmdiversion.gov or 701-660-0914.

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