THE WEST WING The Weekly Memo
You may or may not know that I provide a Weekly Memo, typically on Fridays, to the City Council. We have placed them on the City's main web site for about a month now. You can view them here, on the s... Posted on 9/10/10 at 12:47 PM
With full congressional approval in sight, the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion’s real battle can soon begin: for federal money. The U.S. House on Wednesday authorized the proposed $1.8 billion flood protection project, joining the Senate in approving the diversion and a handful of other water infrastructure projects across the nation.
The Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project may not have to wait for complete federal funding to get started.
Senate lawmakers Wednesday reversed a decision that said state funding can be used only for levee and dike protection until the full federal share of the cost is appropriated by Congress.
For the first time in four years, President Barack Obama’s annual budget proposal doesn’t provide funding for the Fargo-Moorhead diversion project, which the chairman of the Diversion Authority said may slow the project but won’t stop it.
Forum Communications cites the permanent flood protection provided by the Sheyenne Diversion as a factor contributing to the healthy growth of West Fargo, N.D. And that is probably the case. But not all diversions look alike.
The Army Corps of Engineers has been engaging in some highly questionable analysis in its definition of the 100-year flood plain in Fargo-Moorhead. As a result, the Corps’ dam/diversion quickly is losing its claim to being a cost-effective project.
“We are tired of it and we won’t take it anymore.” Those are the sentiments of people in the city of Oxbow, N.D., south of Fargo, who feel they are getting a raw deal in the planning for new dikes in the Fargo-Moorhead area. If the preliminary plans prevail, they will be getting wet in the next high water.
It would be a far wiser investment to build retention sites that enhance upstream and downstream properties rather than build something that will cause millions of dollars in damage because of the diversion.
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