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Published June 27 2010

Officials to pitch flood protection in D.C.

Local, county and state officials from the Red River Valley will gather Monday in Washington, D.C., to make their case for permanent flood protection.

The government leaders will meet with top officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the White House Office of Management and Budget during two meetings arranged by North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan.

The meetings mark another step in securing a Red River diversion to protect the Fargo-Moorhead area from spring flooding.

“In order for this to get built, it really needs to be a part of our presidential budget request, and that has everything to do with the Corps of Engineers and the Office of Management and Budget,” Dorgan said Thursday in a conference call with North Dakota media. “I’m very pleased that the key people in Fargo and Moorhead and Cass-Clay will be in Washington for these two meetings.”

In May 2009, Dorgan arranged a similar gathering of local, state and federal officials on Capitol Hill. That meeting focused heavily on the need for an oversight board to manage the project.

Local officials are now drafting a joint operating agreement, which would form a governing body to oversee the $1.46 billion project.

Under current plans, the diversion would be constructed as a half-mile-wide channel that would span 36 miles around Fargo on the North Dakota side of the Red River.

Watch for The Forum’s complete coverage from Washington, D.C.

Forum reporters Kristen Daum and Helmut Schmidt will be reporting from Monday’s diversion meetings on Capitol Hill. Check Inforum.com and listen to WDAY-AM 970 for updates throughout the day, and pick up Tuesday’s edition of The Forum for comprehensive coverage from the nation’s capital.

Local and state leaders will be meeting Monday with officials from the Army Corps of Engineers and the White House Office of Management and Budget to discuss plans for a Red River diversion.

Who's who at the D.C. meetings


Readers can reach Forum reporter Kristen Daum at (701) 241-5541