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The following is a press release from Sen. John Hoeven

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 work plan includes $100 million for construction of flood protection in the Fargo-Moorhead region, fully funding the project’s construction capacity for the year. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Energy and Water Development, Hoeven provided increased funding for the Corps’ construction account enabling the project to be funded in the Corps’ work plan.

“This $100 million in funding will help us to advance construction of permanent flood protection for the Red River Valley and maintain the construction schedule for the project,” said Hoeven. “As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, we worked to provide funding in the Corps’ construction account to ensure that the permanent flood protection project in the Red River Valley would be funded in the Corps’ work plan.”

Today’s funding comes as a direct result of the senator’s work to secure increased construction funding for the Corps in the FY2020 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill. Hoeven secured:

  • $320 million in funding above the President’s request for construction of flood control projects. This increase enabled the Corps to provide $100 million in its work plan for comprehensive flood protection for the Fargo-Moorhead region.

In November, Hoeven hosted Assistant Secretary of the Army (ASA) for Civil Works R.D. James, who oversees the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in North Dakota to give him firsthand knowledge of the project and to help secure funding for the project in the Army Corps’ work plan. This $100 million in federal funding will help to fulfill the federal government’s increased funding commitment, which Hoeven helped secure under the new Project Partnership Agreement (PPA).

Hoeven’s previous efforts to advance comprehensive flood protection in the Red River Valley include project authorization, new construction start, the new PPA and other milestones.

U.S Army Corps of Engineers FY2020 Work Plan includes a $100 Million Appropriation for FM Area Diversion Project

(Feb. 10, 2020) – Today Senator John Hoeven announced that the Fiscal Year 2020 Work Plan for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) included $100M in federal funding for the FM Area Diversion Project (Project).

“Sen. Hoeven and all of our federal delegation has worked hard for our community and today that has paid off with this $100 Million appropriation for the Diversion Project,” Diversion Authority Board Chair and Mayor of Fargo Tim Mahoney said. “We are grateful to have the great representation of Sen. Hoeven, Sen. Cramer and Rep. Armstrong in Washington D.C., and look forward to continuing construction on the FM Area Diversion Project.”

“Construction is ongoing and this appropriation ensures that our construction schedule stays on track,” Executive Director of the Diversion Authority Joel Paulsen said.

“This Project is successful because of the dedication and partnerships that have been built between our federal delegation, the Army Corps, the States of Minnesota and North Dakota, and with our local team at the Diversion Authority,” Diversion Authority Board Vice Chair and Mayor of Moorhead Johnathan Judd said. “The federal government is stepping up to the plate as a partner and I am glad to see their commitment remains unwavering.”

The following is a release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District

Fargo-Moorhead diversion project receives $100 million in Corps work plan

ST. PAUL, Minn. -The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, received $100 million to continue work on the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Flood Risk Management Project in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fiscal Year 2020 Work Plan released yesterday.

This project is intended to provide flood risk reduction for the more than 230,000 people and 70 square miles of infrastructure in the communities of Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo, Horace and Harwood. It includes building a 30-mile long diversion channel in North Dakota with upstream staging, a 20-mile long southern embankment, 19 highway bridges, four railroad bridges, three gated structures, two aqueduct structures, several drop structures, and an open culvert structure.

These funds will allow the St. Paul District to complete a gated structure on the Wild Rice River, award an initial contract for the southern embankment in North Dakota, complete the Diversion Inlet Structure and continue design, environmental investigation and monitoring programs related to this project.

“Receiving $100 million this year for Fargo-Moorhead is great news,” said Col. Karl Jansen, St. Paul District commander. “This shows continued commitment from the federal government to keep this project moving forward.”

The St. Paul District also received $1.25 million to complete the Kindred, North Dakota, Sanitary Sewer System Improvement Project.

For additional Corps projects included in the work plan, see the Civil Works Budget.

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