Financial Plan Calls for No Tax Increase, No Special Assessments; Sales Tax Extension Needed

The Financial Plan released by the Diversion Authority this week shows one way to fund and finance the project; the plan calls for an extension of existing sales taxes, but requires no tax increases and no use special assessments. 

Read more about the Financial Plan

FEMA Finds Corps Hydrology Meets Mapping Standards; Increase in 100-Year Floodplain When Region is Re-Mapped

Periodic updates to National Flood Insurance Program flood hazard maps will always be needed because of physical environment, climate pattern, and engineering methodology changes. FEMA officials have said they will be looking at hydrology maps and evaluating what metro areas require flood insurance adjustments. They have also said the FM Area Diversion Project and work by the U.S. Army Corps would "meet FEMA mapping standards." 

Q: How does the FM Diversion affect the Sheyenne Diversion? 

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.