The Richland Wilkin JPA was formed in opposition to the Fargo Moorhead Dam and FM Diversion, wherein, Fargo, Cass County and the USACE propose to physically invade Richland and Wilkin counties with displaced flood water, in violation of EO 11988 from the natural flood plain adjacent to Fargo, ND. The Fargo Moorhead Dam and Diversion will unconstitutionally deprive property owners of all “economically viable” use of the land.
In face to face meetings, the United States Army Corps of Engineers refuses to provide answers to valid questions from citizens and has attempted to procedure-ally sidestep FOIA – Freedom of Information Act requests. The taxpayers that are expected to shoulder the tax burden for the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Area Flood Risk Management plan need and deserve real answers.
Fargo, Cass County and the USACE may have overplayed their misinform, divide and conquer hand. The USACE, Cass County and Fargo will need to come to the table with previously excluded opponents and provide answers to defiencies and impacts evident in the current FEIS. A tough pill to swallow for those that have routinely marginalized opponents with denigrating disregard: “They had no place there. Why would diversion supporters who are trying to get the project funded invite project foes whose goal is to scuttle the project? They were not invited for good cause.”
A small group of Fargo/Cass County individuals has been operating in a feedback loop with the St. Paul District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop the Fargo Diversion. “… the ND alignment is a locally preferred alignment… to accommodate the city of Fargo’s current future plans of development…” This statement is a smoking gun that proves the Fargo Diversion, the Locally Preferred Plan, is all about development of the floodplain on the far south side of Fargo, which recently built a new south side high school in it in anticipation of future development. Although public hearings have been held, these have been strictly pro-forma, with no comments recorded. The general public has been blocked out of the decision making process.
Based on information available at this time and the impact analysis outlined in the Final Fishand Wildlife Coordination Act Report (July 2011 ), the FWS recommends that, should the Corps and the local project sponsors proceed with the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Flood Risk Reduction Project, the Federally Comparable Plan (FCP or MN 3SK Alternative) Diversion Channel Alternative be the selected Alternative. Adverse ecological impacts will occur with any of the Diversion Channel Alternatives. For the following reason, however, the FCP Alternative would result in less severe ecological impacts than the Locally Preferred Plan (LPP) Diversion Channel Alternative:
There are few people that like Fargo’s ‘Dam’ tax. There are multiple “punitive” taxes that collectively exist to fund the proposed Fargo Moorhead Dam and Diversion which directly and indirectly targets people with limited financial means that make smaller purchases. Many citizens and visitors that oppose the taxes feel it’s like having their pockets picked. If you do not request your refund, any overtax surplus will be returned to Cass County or Fargo to fund the Fargo Moorhead Dam and Diversion.
The protection for Fargo and Moorhead should not be at the detriment of Richland County residents. The Richland County Water Resource Board feels it is imperative that the US Army Corps of Engineers provide due diligence in addressing these issues. The Board requests those upstream and downstream of the Fargo-Moorhead project be given due consideration because of the impacts they will experience as a result of this project.
Fargo Moorhead Dam and Diversion hurts more than just upstream property owners. Business owners can thank Dennis Walaker, Tim Mahoney and Darrell Vanyo for influencing customers to purchase big ticket items elsewhere. A windfall for business owners outside the metro area and for online storefronts.
Submitted by: Daniel Rugroden Reasons for this petition include the following points but do not exclude other relevant valid points. Many people in Pleasant Township have verbally expressed other reasons for de-annexation from Cass County. • WHEREAS, the new district voting lines now have Pleasant Township part of and tied to Richland County townships in […]
Currently, taxpayers are on track to spend at minimum $36,825 per residential and business structure in the metro area for the Fargo Moorhead Dam and Diversion. If this project passes taxpayers will be saddled with the burden of funding the equivalent of more than 37.5 FargoDomes in 2012 dollars!