The final review of plans and specifications for the Diversion Project's inlet structure is already underway, with Corps-led construction scheduled to start in the fall .

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has selected the FM Area Diversion Project as one of six projects nationwide that will begin construction in Fiscal Year 2016. The Corps' Work Plan includes $5 million appropriated by Congress for the current fiscal year to get the project started. The Corps cannot use the dollars for construction until a decision, expected in July, is made by the Assistant Secretary of the Army determining that all state environmental reviews and regulatory requirements are likely to be resolved.

Diversion Authority members are considering an amendment to the existing Limited Joint Powers Agreement which will serve as a permanent agreement between member entities, as construction of the FM Area Diversion Project draws nearer. The proposed agreement also doubles Minnesota's representation on the Diversion Authority.