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Defending Richland and Wilkin counties May 1st, 2014

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties May 1st, 2014

Fargo Diversion Authority leaders claim opposition to their wealth transfer scheme is being orchestrated by a couple of counties that are “insignificantly inconvenienced”. The Diversion Authority’s attacks on the JPA and upstream residents are a sideshow. The JPA is defending the rights of its constituents, and is a model for what government should do.

MN DNR Letter to Darrell Vanyo Diversion Authority Chair 2014-04-22

MN DNR Letter to Darrell Vanyo Diversion Authority Chair 2014-04-22

The OHB levee is a project component of the F-M Project, without an independent basis for its construction as proposed. In light of the jurisdictional challenges and to protect the integrity of Minnesota’s environmental review process we will consider the OHB levee as a component of the F-M project in the state EIS. Consistent with Minnesota law, MDNR will not be making any final governmental approvals on the F-M project or any component thereof until the state’s EIS process is complete.

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties April 17th, 2014

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties April 17th, 2014

I am familiar with your letter dated Jan. 14, 2014 to Darrel Vanyo, warning Fargo’s Diversion Authority that this action may violate Minnesota law. After receiving your letter, Fargo-Moorhead’s Diversion Authority concocted an “independent utility” story.

Fargo Cass Diversion Authority Using Poor Judgement

Fargo Cass Diversion Authority Using Poor Judgement

Fargo leaders use poor judgement in wasting tax dollars to develop natural flood plain creating a new FEMA flood risk to the higher ground surrounding it. Floodwalls, Dike and Levees provide a false sense of security because the threat of flooding still exists and will not provide any protection against rainfall event inside the protection area.

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties April 10th, 2014

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties April 10th, 2014

Seated next to the Diversion Authority’s attorney in the courtroom was an attorney representing the Army Corps, aka, the United States Government. In discussions with the judge, the Army Corps attorney stated that federal law overrules state law only if it is a navigation project. This isn’t that type of project. Which, of course, means it’s a flood control project and states have as much right to control flood control projects as the feds do.

Federal Court Refuses Fargo Diversion Authority Motion to Dismiss JPA Claims

Federal Court Refuses Fargo Diversion Authority Motion to Dismiss JPA Claims

NEWS UPDATE: Minnesota Federal Court, Duluth, MN – April 3rd, 2014 – Federal Magistrate denies Fargo Diversion Authority’s motion to dismiss Richland Wilkin Joint Powers Authority claims filed in 2013.

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties April 3rd, 2014

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties April 3rd, 2014

The location of the F-M Diversion dam and levee determines how much of the natural flood plain is “protected” for development. The farther south the dam and levee are located, the larger the portion of Cass County that is protected for subsidized development. It’s the area where the water naturally collects as it’s been doing since our river system was formed by Mother Nature.

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties March 27th, 2014

Defending Richland and Wilkin counties March 27th, 2014

The snow-making that’s been a part of the Diversion Authority’s public relations mantra, systematically understates costs and impacts and overstates benefits of their project.

Michael Redlinger Moorhead City Manager Discovers Superpowers

Michael Redlinger Moorhead City Manager Discovers Superpowers

How is possible for Moorhead, Clay or MN watershed districts to participate in voting where MOU’s, land acquisition or future development related to the proposed Fargo Dam and FM Diversion are included?

Self Serving Media Upstaged by Real Journalism

Self Serving Media Upstaged by Real Journalism

As I re-read the Agweek article by Mikkel Pates, it’s easy to realize who the hero’s and zero’s really are, by their responses. The shameless “economic engine”, often touted by the pro-Fargo Diversion Authority ilk, is a direct assault on small towns and rural economies.

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