Welcome to FMDiversion.gov, a website with detailed information on the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Area Flood Risk Management Project. This site will include news about the diversion, technical information, links to complete Corps documents, an ongoing project timeline, links to Flood Diversion Authority meeting documents, and a section where people can leave comments or ask questions to be answered in an ongoing “FAQ” section.
The construction of the diversion project is urgent because flooding in the Red River Valley has become increasingly severe and frequent. The cost of ignoring the flooding problem would be devastating to the economy, businesses, and approximately 200,000 people in the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area and surrounding communities. It is estimated that a 500-year event would cause over $10 billion in damages to the area and would flood nearly all of Fargo, large portions of Moorhead and West Fargo, and several surrounding communities.
The proposed project will involve the construction of a 36-mile long diversion channel located in North Dakota that will direct floodwater around the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area. The project will temporarily store up to 200,000 acre-feet of flood water under extreme events immediately upstream of the diversion channel inlet in order to eliminate downstream impacts.
- USACE Awards $59 Million Contract to Build Wild Rice River Control Structure — November 28, 2019
- Updates to Sheyenne River Aqueduct Structure plan mean positive benefits for West Fargo and Horace — January 14, 2020
- Diversion Authority Releases 30-minute Documentary about Flooding Impacts and Living with the Red River — April 21, 2020
- USACE FY 2020 Work Plan Provides $100 Million for Project — February 10, 2020