In three short years, the Fargo Moorhead Dam and FM Diversion nearly doubled in cost from $900 million to $2.04 billion.
The USACE intentionally compartmentalizes projects to keep concerned taxpayers out of sync with the process to remain unfettered and unaccountable.
Fargo, ND and Moorhead, MN along with Cass and Clay counties are placing impracticality above principles, which is counter-intuitive in a nation where an escalating debt threatens to cripple the American economy.
The Fargo Moorhead Dam and FM Diversion offers vague promises and circular reasoning in pursuit of an unhealthy economic growth plan that will destroy the last natural flood plain in the Red River Valley adjacent to Fargo, ND.
Here are the Dam Facts:
• The proposed project is a 12 mile wide dam that utilizes
two high risk dams located on the Red River and Wild Rice River
and tie back levees. (overall dam and levee length 36 miles)
• The diversion channel is currently designed to handle approx 10 percent of
major floods, all remaining flood water will still pass via Fargo Moorhead.
• Taxpayers will pay approximately $40,998 per structure for the project
in the metro-area.
• If completed by 2023, the maintenance could exceed $5 million per year.
• The proposed project increases the metro-area footprint from 88.64 sq miles
to over 261 sq miles.
• The Red River Basin Commission has a viable alternative that could offer
up to 18″ inches of flood relief within as little as 2 years without spending
in excess of $2 billion dollars for a ditch to nowhere.
• The current LPP will not fully protect the metro-area to a 500 year flood.
• The current LPP was not modeled for a simultaneous flood on all rivers.
• The current USACE 100 and 500 yr flood levels ignore 32 years of historical
flood data to artificially increase benefit cost ratios to justify federal funding.
The Diversion Authority, USACE, Fargo, Moorhead, Cass and Clay counties purposely downplay the term “dam” and apply the misnomer of “diversion” to this project to minimize opposition and political obstacles. This fosters an environment that lacks effective oversight and neglects individual property rights to pursue urban sprawl and benefits land developers and proponents that stand to profit from a federal and state taxpayer funded scheme.
Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma advocates fiscal responsibility and accountability.
Senator Coburn is asking for information from American taxpayers about your thoughts on the amount of waste, fraud, and mismanagement in the federal government. If you feel the Fargo Moorhead Dam and FM Diversion is an unacceptable use of taxpayer dollars, let Senator Coburn and Congress know by submitting your concerns via this link: