Richland-Wilkin Joint Powers Authority
Original Publication Date:
May 30th, 2013
Wahpeton Daily News
Republished with permission from:
Neal Roesler, Bakke Addition resident of Cass County
Sponsors of the proposed Fargo Flood Control Project have gone to great lengths to clear up common misconceptions about their plans. There are websites and spreadsheets debunking myths about the project. Some call those who ask for different solutions “bar stool engineers.” It’s a good time to clear the air of some of the misnomers about Red River Valley flooding. So here’s a list of the top ten fallacies of water management in our region:
1. There is no dam in the diversion, only a control structure.
2. Farmers made the Red River run north with their tractors.
3. Ring dikes enhance property values.
4. Rural residents don’t own their land, it’s loaned to them by cities.
5. The Red River was designed and built by the Fargo Parks and Rec Department.
6. Moses really parted the Red River for development area for Fargo.
7. The Diversion Authority designed their project for the entire Red River Valley.
8. Students learn faster when the school is built in the floodplain.
9. Richland and Wilkin counties volunteered to store water for Fargo.
10. Agriculture is incidental to the local economy.