By Darrell Vanyo, Chairman of the Diversion Authority

Now that we have heard from our Congressional Delegations the good news that federal funding could be on the way, flood protection for Fargo-Moorhead is expected to take significant steps forward in 2016.

While retention has been dismissed as feasible or practical alternative to the Diversion Project, the Diversion Authority still sees a number of benefits and has helped fund six projects to date whose total project costs could amount to $93 million worth of retention. The Diversion Authority's commitment to these projects could total over $7 million when all is said and done, which would be included in the $25 million the Diversion Authority has committed towards retention efforts that can also benefit the Fargo-Moorhead area and reduce the frequency of use of the staging area.

A second monthly meeting has been added to the Flood Diversion Board of Authority's meeting schedule, on an "as-needed" basis. With the pace of work increasing on the FM Area Diversion Project, it has become necessary for the Board to meet more frequently to review and approve items.