The Diversion Authority forgets MDNR has not yet made its determination on distributed storage and that the alternatives under consideration include a “no action” alternative.
North Dakota legislators were wise to strip House Bill 1415 of guaranteed new state money for flood control in Fargo. It puts the onus back on Fargo to prioritize work on internal Fargo flood projects, rather than spending state monies at will on whims that do not provide direct flood benefit to Fargo residents.
What the Fargo Diversion Authority and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have proven is that placing trust in their “science” is more akin to handing an arsonist a gallon of gas and box of matches and then telling them to be good.
The December 31, 2014 Distributed Storage Alternative Screening Analysis is neither a fatal blow to opponents or a victory for proponents. It is simply the Minnesota DNR following it’s process and laws to ensure that their final permit determination, which is supposed to come after a public comment period, is both legal and defensible.
So why are Cass county, Fargo Diversion Authority members and Fargo Moorhead Area Association of Realtors discussing and joking about what activities and threats drive support for the multi-billion dollar Fargo Dam and FM Diversion boondoggle?
Trouble brewing in Moorhead and Fargo/Cass pressure is on! Although the resolution alleges “No Minnesota funds from the City of Moorhead or Clay County are required for FY2015, and a formal amendment to the LJPA is also not necessary at this time.” The Limited Joint Powers Agreement Article IX (read more…) suggests that Minnesota could be sued by North Dakota for not paying its budget share of what it is approving.
Isn’t ironic that Fargo is concerned about the small section of Elm street that parallels the Red River, yet rezones miles of natural flood plain south of the city, that exponentially reduces vital flood plain capacity to buffer Fargo flooding.
When public entities join forces to work towards a common goal Joint Power Agreements (JPA) are the framework of rules presented to constituents to provide a sense of security that all members of the JPA will operate in an open, ethical and diligent manner. These written JPA “assurances” are a fundamental part of the “trust” […]
The Fargo Diversion Authority is nothing more than the “illusion” of credibility with a propensity to spend money on flood control for future growth rather than the residents that are paying for protection in the here and now.
Project opponents care more about protecting the city of Fargo than the Fargo Diversion Authority and Fargo city leaders.