Project Partnership Agreement signed by Fargo, Moorhead, Diversion Authority and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (VIDEO)
(July 11, 2016) – The Mayors of Fargo and Moorhead, the Chair of the Flood Diversion Board of Authority, and the Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Lowry Crook today signed a Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) for the FM Area Diversion Project.
The PPA is the official agreement that marks the beginning of the Diversion Project’s construction phase. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is anticipated to begin construction this fall.
“Today starts a new chapter for flood protection for our region,” Dr. Tim Mahoney, Mayor of Fargo said. “Now our focus will be on construction, mitigation, and seeing this project built. It will be great to see Corps construction start this fall and I’m looking forward to beginning the search for a P3 contractor with the issuance of an RFQ at our next board meeting.”
“I think it’s important that we continue to work together to protect our communities from the threat of flooding,” Del Rae Williams, Mayor of Moorhead said. “This is a big project. It’s going to take some time to get it built, but I’ll be very happy to have permanent flood protection to protect Moorhead residents’ jobs and way of life.”
“Today, we signed an agreement to be a full partner with Corps to see the Diversion Project constructed,” Darrell Vanyo, Chair of the Flood Diversion Board of Authority said. “This plan has been studied since 2008 and has achieved many milestones; including, environmental studies by the Corps and Minnesota DNR, federal authorization, federal funding for construction, and now a project partnership agreement has been signed. While our direction is now clear due to this agreement, we have some more work to do to finalize our mitigation plans, and that will be a top priority of mine as Chair in the coming months.”