August 13, 2021

FM Diversion
Metro Flood Diversion Authority

FARGO, ND – The Metro Flood Diversion Authority (MFDA) yesterday welcomed Lt. Gen. Scott Spellmon, 55th Chief of Engineers and United States Army Corps of Engineers commanding general, to the Fargo-Moorhead Metro Area, where he was joined by area political leaders in visiting construction sites that make up part of the FM Area Diversion, the flood risk management system that that will bring permanent, reliable flood protection to the Fargo-Moorhead metro area, Horace and Hardwood. Spellmon was accompanied by Col. Karl Jansen, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District commander.

“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a pivotal partner in our efforts to construct the Fargo-Moorhead Area Metro Flood Diversion Project, and we are delighted that Lt. Gen. Spellmon was able to come in person to see the progress being made, receive an overview of the Project’s scope and have a chance to learn more about its importance to the region,” said Joel Paulsen, MFDA executive director.

The visit came on the heels of the U.S. Senate’s vote in favor of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, anticipated to provide needed funding to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to support key infrastructure projects. “I am pleased to say that all four of our senators: Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) have supported this landmark legislation that is in the best interest of our communities,” said Moorhead Mayor Shelly Carlson, MFDA chair.

The project includes building a 30-mile-long diversion channel in North Dakota with upstream staging. In addition to learning more about the project, Spellmon heard from area leaders about the public-private partnership, or P3, which will design and construct the Diversion Channel and its associated infrastructure. The Fargo-Moorhead project is the first P3 funded project of its kind for a civil works project within the Corps of Engineers.

About Metro Flood Diversion Authority

The MFDA is the governing authority managing the Diversion Project. The project is designed to provide permanent,  reliable flood protection to the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area. The project began construction in 2017 with flood protection planned for the spring of 2027 and final completion in 2028. For more

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