Army Corps holding meetings on Red River diversion planby Dan Gunderson, Minnesota Public Radio
Moorhead, Minn. — The Army Corps of Engineers holds public meetings Wednesday and Thursday in Fargo-Moorhead to explain its draft plan for a flood diversion channel.
The Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project is on a fast track. The Army Corps of Engineers is fitting a typical five-year project study into two years.
Project co-manager Aaron Snyder says he believes the draft plan addresses many of the anticipated concerns of other government agencies.
"We really put a lot of effort into the environmental aspects of it. Also the regional economics and other social effects," he said. "So from a standard Corps report we really expanded those sections. We did a lot of coordination on the environmental issues. We think the conclusions we drew on those issues are pretty sound and have been coordinated well with the resource agencies."
The Corps will take public comment on the draft plan for 45 days. A final plan should be completed by September and sent to Congress by the end of the year with a request for funding.
The first meeting will be June 9 at the Minnesota State University-Moorhead Student Union Ballroom, located at 615 14th St. S. in Moorhead. The second meeting will be June 10 at Centennial Hall, 207 4th St. N. in Fargo.
Both meetings will begin at 6 p.m. with an open house, followed by a formal presentation at 7 p.m. and a question and answer period ending at 9 p.m.