A: The FM Diversion increases the level of protection provided by the Sheyenne Diversion. The Sheyenne Diversion was built specifically to protect against flooding from the Sheyenne River. Working in conjunction with the FM Area Diversion Project, the Sheyenne Diversion will now provide in excess of 500-year flood protection from the Sheyenne to its entire protected area and also will now be protected from large flood events on the Red River. By reducing the flows going into the Sheyenne Diversion by potentially up to 50%, the FM Diversion offers additional benefits could reduce maintenance costs of the Sheyenne Diversion. Past issues seen by running the Sheyenne Diversion at very high levels will be "a thing of the past," Chad Engels, Engineer for the Southeast Cass Water Resource District, explains in this short 5-minute video.