Yes, according to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and Minnesota DNR guidelines, the Fargo Moorhead Dam and FM Diversion is considered a high risk or high hazard potential dam which includes:
• probable loss of life or serious hazard, or
• damage to health,
• damage to main highways,
• damage to high value industrial or commercial properties,
• damage to major public utilities, or
• serious direct or indirect economic loss.
Fargo Moorhead Dam and FM Diversion supporters and the USACE intentionally avoid using the term “dam” in association with the Fargo Moorhead Dam and FM Diversion. In part, to diminish political resistance from anti-dam organizations and the EPA. The USACE utilizes alternative terms, which misdirect focus away from high risk dam features associated with the project.
Should the USACE, Fargo and Cass County officials be held accountable for failure to disclose known risks associated with a high risk – high hazard dams during public presentation meetings?
The USACE places the loss of life caused by failure or mis-operation of the Fargo Moorhead Dam and FM Diversion as:
Data from Table 4 Appendix D
Estimated maximum LOL in Fargo-Moorhead (no warning)
200 lives lost – 100 year event
394 lives lost – 200 year event
594 lives lost – 500 year event
The proposed Fargo Moorhead Dam and FM Diversion does not remove the threat of flooding.