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Aquisitions and Buyouts
•Q• Why doesn’t the USACE endorse the RRBC upstream retention plan?
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•Q• Will the Fargo Moorhead Dam and FM Diversion provide protection
from summer flooding and heavy rainfall events? Find Answer →
•Q• Why was a diversion channel, rather than levees or water
retention, recommended? Find Answer →
•Q• How high would the water be in a 500 year flood event? Find Answer →
•Q• Will the Fargo Moorhead Dam and FM Diversion save $19 million
in flood insurance premiums? Find Answer →
•Q• If the North Dakota (LPP) removes additional land from the
natural flood plain compared to the Minnesota (FCP)
why is the USACE relying on Executive Order 11988
as an excuse to not consider the southern and western alignments? Find Answer →
•Q• How can the project go all the way to Hickson,
protecting undeveloped land,
and be within the guidelines of EO11988? Find Answer →
•Q• What is the difference between
retention, staging and storage? Find Answer →
•Q• Why are upstream impacts rather than
downstream impacts being proposed? Find Answer →
•Q• What is a high hazard dam? Find Answer →
•Q• Is the proposed diversion LPP considered a “high hazard” dam? Find Answer →
•Q• Will the Fargo Moorhead Dam and Diversion
remove flood insurance requirements? Find Answer →
•Q• Why was the current alignment selected? Find Answer →
•Q• Why is the North Dakota diversion channel
the selected plan, when the Minnesota
diversion channel would have been cheaper? Find Answer →
•Q• Does the Fargo Moorhead Diversion
and Dam violate Executive Order 11988? Find Answer →
•Q• How does the Fargo Moorhead Dam
and Diversion violate Executive Order 11988? Find Answer →
•Q• Is it true that property in the proposed
buyout area has no value and cannot be sold? Find Answer →
•Q• What is the anticipated annual operation and
maintenance cost of the Fargo Moorhead Dam and Diversion? Find Answer →
•Q• Is the real, hidden purpose for the
staging area to serve as a water supply for Fargo? Find Answer →
•Q• What is the latest on when they would buy folks out if the dam was approved? I heard at the very end when it is finished. I have heard sooner to accommodate those needing sooner. Just what do we know about this?
•Q• Is it true that the Fargo-Moorhead Metro area will be protected to a 500-year level when other communities in the basin have less protection?
•Q• How will the diversion channel cross five rivers?
•Q• How will land acquisition be handled?
•Q• Why have costs increased since you released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement?
•Q• How will project funding and cost sharing work?
•Q• Is it possible water outside the diversion will not flow into the channel and back up all the way to Davenport, Kindred, Mapleton, Abercrombie, Colfax, etc.?
•Q• Why does the project include recreation features?
•Q• Are the recreation features proof that Fargo wants the staging area to be a lake?
•Q• Would water in the city of Fargo be at 30 feet for all floods?
•Q• Would retention upstream of Fargo eliminate the need for the staging area?
•Q• Would retention upstream of Fargo eliminate the need for the diversion channel?
•Q• If the Corps is not pursuing retention, will no retention be built?
•Q• Is this plan final or can the alignment be moved before the diversion channel is built?
•Q• How will this diversion channel affect the Sheyenne Diversion Channel?
•Q• Would a Devils Lake overflow overwhelm the diversion channel and make things worse for the Sheyenne breakouts?
•Q• Protecting land south of Fargo for future development is a violation of Executive Order 11988. The Corps inconsistently applied EO 11988; it states it cannot impact downstream communities because of EO 11988, but also states it cannot move the alignment further south to save upstream communities because of EO 11988.
•Q• How can information about specific property buyouts be obtained?
•Q• Some information in the “Do Nothing Scenario” section of the website is inaccurate and contradictory. Will you remove it?
•Q• Will you list the amounts of actual damages incurred from flooding in the metro area by Fargo, Moorhead, Cass County, Clay County, and the State of North Dakota for all years from 1997 to 2011? These actual dollar amounts could then be compared to the Corps’ “expected average annual damages of more than $194.8 million.”
•Q• The flood waters could be slowed by controlling ditch flow from 40-50 miles east and west through dikes, gates, and water controlled engineering. Where is the research on this method?