Numerous studies have shown that the Diversion Project is the only project that can protect the Fargo-Moorhead area from the kind of flooding experts say is possible in the future. However, several pieces of false information regarding the Project have been circulating, which is why a new document has been created to provide the facts.
The document, Responses to False Information on the Diversion Project, summarizes 18 misconceptions. One of the most prevalent misconceptions is that retention and distributed storage will eliminate the need for the Diversion Project’s upstream staging area. In actuality, according to the document, “The current and recommended plan includes 215,000 acre feet of retention directly upstream of the project. This is the most effective and efficient retention, which is necessary to mitigate for the downstream impacts that were associated with previous diversion options.”
Another false statement about the Diversion Project is the Staging Area is not needed. The document responds to this with the following: “The staging area is required to mitigate the downstream impacts that were associated with previous diversion options. The downstream impacts associated with the previous plan extended into Canada and would have impacted more structures and more land than upstream staging. The current upstream staging location minimizes the number of residential properties that are impacted by the project, and is the best technical solution.”
Other misconceptions addressed in the document are that the Staging Area will lead to a “dead zone”, the Project only benefits Fargo, and that the Project only exists to protect Fargo’s growth in the floodplain. Each of those misconceptions, and others, are corrected in detail.