The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a meeting March 19 in Wahpeton on the effects and impacts of the proposed Fargo-Moorhead diversion project in Richland and Wilkin counties.
Flood impact maps recently given to Richland and Wilkin counties will be discussed at the meeting, said Terry Williams, Corps project manager. Representatives from the Diversion Authority board also will likely attend the meeting, Williams said.
In the proposed project, a 36-mile-long diversion channel would direct floodwaters around Fargo-Moorhead and temporarily store them into upstream communities, including parts of northern Richland and Wilkin counties. The project would temporarily store up to 200,000 acre-feet of water immediately upstream of the diversion channel inlet to minimize the downstream impacts, according to the project’s website.
Richland and Wilkin counties have recently formed a joint board to challenge the proposed project.
The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. March 19 at the Plains and Prairie Room in the Student Center at North Dakota State College of Science and is open to the public.