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Letter: A Land Development Plan Disguised as Flood Control

Letter: A Land Development Plan Disguised as Flood Control

When our cup overflows, North Dakota can accomplish great things. We are people of fortitude, work ethic and discipline. Knowing this, can we stand idle when a few people, called the Diversion Authority, are taking it upon the taxpayers of North Dakota to pay for a private country club and private championship golf course?

MN DNR Letter to Darrell Vanyo Diversion Authority Chair 2014-04-22

MN DNR Letter to Darrell Vanyo Diversion Authority Chair 2014-04-22

The OHB levee is a project component of the F-M Project, without an independent basis for its construction as proposed. In light of the jurisdictional challenges and to protect the integrity of Minnesota’s environmental review process we will consider the OHB levee as a component of the F-M project in the state EIS. Consistent with Minnesota law, MDNR will not be making any final governmental approvals on the F-M project or any component thereof until the state’s EIS process is complete.

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties April 24th, 2014

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties April 24th, 2014

Fargo Diversion Authority uses straw man arguments to distort viable solutions to Fargo flood protection. Fargo, ND is demanding a plan that only protects the city. Distributed retention protects the entire Red River Valley, included Fargo, which protects more land, more cities, more people, more property and infrastructure.

Duality and Misinformation

Duality and Misinformation

If retention doesn’t work, then there would be no need for dams or no postulations to hold back agricultural drain tiling waters. The sooner local leaders comes to grips with that reality, progress can be made, solutions defined and actions taken.

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties April 17th, 2014

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties April 17th, 2014

I am familiar with your letter dated Jan. 14, 2014 to Darrel Vanyo, warning Fargo’s Diversion Authority that this action may violate Minnesota law. After receiving your letter, Fargo-Moorhead’s Diversion Authority concocted an “independent utility” story.

Fargo Cass Diversion Authority Using Poor Judgement

Fargo Cass Diversion Authority Using Poor Judgement

Fargo leaders use poor judgement in wasting tax dollars to develop natural flood plain creating a new FEMA flood risk to the higher ground surrounding it. Floodwalls, Dike and Levees provide a false sense of security because the threat of flooding still exists and will not provide any protection against rainfall event inside the protection area.

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties April 10th, 2014

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties April 10th, 2014

Seated next to the Diversion Authority’s attorney in the courtroom was an attorney representing the Army Corps, aka, the United States Government. In discussions with the judge, the Army Corps attorney stated that federal law overrules state law only if it is a navigation project. This isn’t that type of project. Which, of course, means it’s a flood control project and states have as much right to control flood control projects as the feds do.

Federal Court Refuses Fargo Diversion Authority Motion to Dismiss JPA Claims

Federal Court Refuses Fargo Diversion Authority Motion to Dismiss JPA Claims

NEWS UPDATE: Minnesota Federal Court, Duluth, MN – April 3rd, 2014 – Federal Magistrate denies Fargo Diversion Authority’s motion to dismiss Richland Wilkin Joint Powers Authority claims filed in 2013.

Breaking News: JPA Seeks Judgement Against OHB Ring Dike

Breaking News: JPA Seeks Judgement Against OHB Ring Dike

Breaking News: The Richland-Wilkin Joint Powers Authority has directed its attorneys to seek an injunction in federal court halting
the ring dike project around Oxbow, Bakke and Hickson designed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers and which is a component of the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Area Flood Risk Management Project.

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties April 3rd, 2014

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties April 3rd, 2014

The location of the F-M Diversion dam and levee determines how much of the natural flood plain is “protected” for development. The farther south the dam and levee are located, the larger the portion of Cass County that is protected for subsidized development. It’s the area where the water naturally collects as it’s been doing since our river system was formed by Mother Nature.

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