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Fargo Dam and Diversion Is All About Duplicity

Fargo Dam and Diversion Is All About Duplicity

The Governors Task Force was intended to explore potential alternatives and compromise rather than Fargo’s attempt to re-litigate the project that received a Prelimary Injunction.

Letter: MN DNR Tom Landwehr

Letter: MN DNR Tom Landwehr

Since the Diversion Authority declined to consider a more modest project alternative, the only options included for consideration in the permit application were the “No Action” and “No Action with Emergency Measures” alternatives. This left the DNR with two choices: 1) permit the project or 2) deny the project.

Case Civil No. 13-2262 (D323) | US District Court, District of Minnesota

Case Civil No. 13-2262 (D323) | US District Court, District of Minnesota

The FEIS clearly advances two other alternatives for serious consideration in the permitting phase. One of those alternatives would reduce the area of flood plain developed and protected, thereby reducing the volume of water diverted by the proposed project.

Project Alternatives: Waffle Combination Plan

Project Alternatives: Waffle Combination Plan

“The local communities should continue to seek opportunities for storage in the basin.”

Wild Rice Alternative

Wild Rice Alternative

Project Failure: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers fails to explore options and alternative that DO NOT promote encroachment and urban sprawl into the last natural flood plain south of Fargo, ND in direct and indirect violation of Executive Order 11988 (EO11988). More to the point, the limited alternatives explored are concentric to the “exploitation for urban sprawl” into the last natural flood plain south of Fargo, ND.

Letter: Retention an Important Flood Control Component

Letter: Retention an Important Flood Control Component

Red River Basin Commission co-chairmen John Finney and Gary Thompson stress the importance of retention as a vital component to flood protection in the Red River Valley.

Comstock MN Diversion Meeting with Richland Wilkin JPA

Comstock MN Diversion Meeting with Richland Wilkin JPA

From a political standpoint, Fargo’s attempt to move impacts onto property owners outside city limits and away from voting constituency while simultaneously preventing impacted stakeholders from having a non-conflict of interest vote at the table – underscores the greed and corrupt nature of the proposed project at hand.

A Possible Alternative to the Diversion

A Possible Alternative to the Diversion

The discussion has always centered on how to move or direct water laterally – north, south, east, west – and/or retention with later release, again laterally. I wonder if straight down might be a feasible direction?

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