The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s participation in the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project continues, despite the federal government shutdown. Terry Williams, Corps St. Paul District project manager, said the shutdown has slowed a few project activities, but work is proceeding as usual on most aspects.
“As long as Corps projects have funding available, staff is being allowed to continue to work on them, and this is the case with the proposed diversion project,” said Williams. “We are still proceeding with work on the Oxbow/Hickson/Bakke ring levee design and other Corps-led components. We will also continue to review design products from the local sponsors and provide input into the Minnesota EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) process.”
The Corps St. Paul District is experiencing furloughs, so Williams said support from other Corps employees or coordination with other federal agencies could be affected by the shutdown. The Department of Defense has also restricted Corps travel, but teleconferences regarding the diversion project continue.