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Forum staff reports, Published May 25 2010

Public input sought

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the cities of Fargo and Moorhead will host public meetings in June to present information contained in a draft feasibility and environmental impact statement for a potential flood damage reduction project.

The first meeting will be June 9 in the student union ballroom of Minnesota State University Moorhead, 615 14th St. S.

The second meeting will be June 10 at Centennial Hall, 207 4th St. N., Fargo.

Both meetings will begin at 6 p.m. with an open house, followed by a formal presentation at 7 p.m. and a question-and-answer period ending at 9 p.m.

Anyone interested in the project is welcome to attend either meeting, and public input is encouraged. Sign-language interpreters will be made available upon request. If needed, please contact Katie Young, corps project management, at (651) 290-5259 or katie.m.young@usace.army.mil no later than today.

Local officials have let the corps know that a North Dakota diversion is their preferred long-term flood-protection option for the area.

The corps has said that from a national standpoint, a diversion channel on the Minnesota side of the Red River makes the most financial sense.