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Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker letter to ND Public Service Commission January 9th, 2012 re: CapX 2020

Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker letter to ND Public Service Commission January 9th, 2012 re: CapX 2020

Dennis Walaker: We expressed support for the CapX2020 project subject to two comments. It appears that the corridor and proposed route have been moved farther to the south and also have been reduced in width so that they are well below the proposed diversion channel for the Metro Flood Project. As a result, we feel comfortable withdrawing that comment from our June 2011 letter.

Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker letter to ND Public Service Commission June 20th, 2011 re: CapX 2020

Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker letter to ND Public Service Commission June 20th, 2011 re: CapX 2020

The City of Fargo would prefer that the entire corridor be placed outside the Locally Preferred Plan of the diversion project; we prefer that such land not be consumed by the easements, with their restrictions on development, acquired by CapX and that development of that land not be impaired by the presence of the CapX structures.

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties June 21st, 2012

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties June 21st, 2012

After successful prodding by the Fargo Mayor, voters approved an extension of a half-cent sales tax in Fargo. That means Fargo residents will only have to pay 60 percent of additional financing for the dam and ditch. But that will not be enough money. The diversion finance committee is now saying – after the election – they need the Water Resource District to levy special assessments. Good timing.

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties June 14th, 2012

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties June 14th, 2012

The Minnesota DNR calls the proposed dam a “high hazard dam,” where failure is likely to cause loss of life. So, now the plan is to dig clay out of a diversion channel, and build a 15-foot-high dam from Comstock to Horace, and expect to provide protection for the metro area. But the problem is the clay under our black topsoil is expansive clay, which means it’s capable of absorbing large amounts of water. The more water it absorbs, the weaker it becomes. When it dries, it contracts and shrinks in size.

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties June 7th, 2012

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties June 7th, 2012

The lack of a reasonable plan for farmland impacts of a proposed diversion is troubling to say the least. Crop insurance will not cover a manmade disaster. If losses are caused by a dam and reservoir, no payments will be made.

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties May 31st, 2012

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties May 31st, 2012

The Fargo Moorhead Diversion Authority and its agent, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, continue to obscure the truth about the plan to dam our rivers and flood our farms and communities. They did this by discounting all the dry years prior to 1942 to inflate their average, then hired a few “experts” that agreed with them.

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties May 24th, 2012

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties May 24th, 2012

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has been engaging in some highly questionable analysis in its definition of the 100-year flood plain in Fargo-Moorhead. As a result, the Corps’ Dam/Diversion is quickly losing its claim to being a cost-effective project.

Craig O. Evans Response to May 24th, 2012 Defending Richland and Wilkin Counties

Craig O. Evans Response to May 24th, 2012 Defending Richland and Wilkin Counties

Craig O. Evans, chief, Plan Formulation Section, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District I am writing in response to the letter to the editor published May 24, 2012, Daily News, by Richland-Wilkin JPA Perry Miller, chairman and Richland County Commissioner – Defending Richland and Wilkin counties; Wahpeton Daily News This response addresses several […]

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties May 10th, 2012

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties May 10th, 2012

Richland-Wilkin Joint Powers Authority Original Publication Date: May 10th, 2012 Republished with persmission from: Wahpeton Daily News The Fargo-Moorhead Diversion is a big city urban growth plan that sprawls at the expense of rural North Dakota. The dam and reservoir required by the plan will cover more than 50,000 acres of farmland and communities with […]

Temporary or Permanent Impacts

Temporary or Permanent Impacts

Again and again we hear the FM Diversion/Dam must do this or that to store water “temporarily” south of the diversion channel in times of high floods. Aaron Snyder will not mention that the permanent effects of the project are “– buying out and relocating between 800 and 1200 structures upstream, between 200-400 are house […]

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