During the October 2nd, 2012 Cass County commission meeting, several irregularities surfaced.
Ironically, the communities of Bakke, Hickson and Oxbow, ND are being considered for a potential ring dike. The very dike that the United States Corps of Engineers has previously rejected.
How is it possible that the dike’s and levee’s that cannot work in Fargo and other areas of Cass County, work exclusively for Bakke, Hickson and Oxbow, ND?
Cass County Administrator Keith Berndt and other Corps of Engineers officials have previously gone on record stating that dikes and levees cannot be used to protect Fargo because they cannot build them high enough.
Listen to the following audio clip. Keith Berndt states that ring dikes greater that 6-8 feet would be impractical.
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Keith Berndt on Ring Dike Height
So let’s get this straight…
United States Army Corps of Engineers states in the Final Environmental Impact Statement that ring dikes greater than 3 feet would be a mandatory buyout.
Cass County Administrator Keith Berndt states that ring dikes greater than 6-8 feet would be impractical.
Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker said officials from Fargo, ND have been lobbying the Corps of Engineers for a 10-17 foot ring dike and levee around Bakke, Hickson and Oxbow, ND.
According the Fargo Forum, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking at the possibility of building a ring dike and levee higher than what the USACEs stated previously as policy in the FEIS.
Do these people actually think before they speak…or just speak to get paid?
Oxbow has a great ally in their corner in the Richland Wilkin JPA. When the USACE approached the JPA attorneys looking to cut a deal and throw Oxbow under the bus, the Richland Wilkin JPA stepped up and reiterated their opposition to the “dam” and all its negatives impacts.
There is no reason for the communities of Bakke, Hickson and Oxbow, ND to cower behind an earthen ring dike when the removal of the 3 dam components would resolve the problems.
Again, it begs the question, “Do these people actually think before they speak…or just speak to get paid?”