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Jay McNamar Questions Fargo Diversion Authority

More Minnesota legislators are questioning Oxbow (OHB) ring-dike-levee. Citing self-interest without knowing possible negative impacts to Minnesota communities and property owners.

The Fargo Diversion Authority willfully ignores Minnesota legislators claiming the project is federally authorized, debate is over, get out of the Fargo Diversion Authorities way…, because you have no say in the matter.

Make Minnesota hears your concerns! Use the convenient contact form or list of emails below to share your thoughts.

Jay McNamar, MN Rep, DFL

MN Rep Jay McNamar, DFL

Oxbow Ring Dike Needs to Wait
Wednesday, July 29, 2014
Author: MN Rep Jay McNamar, DFL
Elbow Lake, Minn.

As a state Representative in Minnesota, I am voicing concerns about construction moving forward on a ring dike around Oxbow, N.D., before an environmental impact statement can assess possible effects of the project. The ring dike could have negative impacts on communities upstream, including Wolverton, Minn., and many Wilkin County property owners in the floodwater staging area.

I supported increased funding for flood mitigation for Minnesota communities up and down the Red River Valley in 2014, but North Dakota needs to wait for the Department of Natural Resources to finish the Environmental Impact Statement. They are moving ahead in their own self-interest without knowing possible negative impacts to our communities and property owners, and that’s not right.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is working to complete an impact statement to assess the impacts of the Fargo-Moorhead diversion plan on Minnesota. In recent days, other Minnesota legislators have also voiced their opposition to moving ahead without all of the facts.

I want to see this project done right – and fairly. I can’t support funding a project that only prioritizes property owners on the North Dakota side of the river.

I encourage constituents to contact me with any questions, comments, concerns, or ideas on any legislative topic. I can be reached by phone at 651-296-4929 or by email at


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