New Diversion Authority Board Members Welcomed, Moorhead Mayor Williams Elected Vice-Chair

The FM Area Diversion Board of Authority welcomed new members and elected a new vice-chair before their regular meeting Thursday, June 23. Establishing members was necessary after the approval of the new Joint Powers Agreement (JPA). As part of the new structure outlined by the JPA, a vice-chair was chosen for the committee, whom is required to be from a different State than the chair. Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams was nominated and approved for the position. 

Local Representatives Advocate for Flood Protection in Bismarck ND and Washington D.C. 

Members of the Flood Diversion Board of Authority traveled to both Minot, ND and Washington D.C. earlier this month to update local and federal lawmakers about the progress of the Diversion Project.  
Cass County Commissioner Mary Scherling and Fargo City Commissioner Mike Williams presented information about the Diversion Project to North Dakota lawmakers at the Water Topics Overview Committee meeting in Minot. The pair presented information about the final environmental impact statement completed by the Minnesota DNR in May, plans to start construction this fall, a recently updated financial plan, and on the status of land acquisition.  

FAQ - How much will the Diversion Project Cost?

The most current cost estimate for the project is $2.2 billion. $900 Million of that is expected to come in the form of grants from the State of North Dakota and the Federal Government. The remainder of the cost will be paid through local voter-approved sales taxes in Cass County and Fargo

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