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Published July 14 2010

Forum editorial: To diversion protesters: Listen up!

When Fargo-Moorhead metro-area officials sign a flood diversion sponsorship agreement Thursday, protesters representing downstream interests will be at Fargo City Hall to object. They say they want to be heard and a protest at the signing is one way to communicate their concerns about the project.

That’s all well and good, but their concerns are being heard. It appears downstream protesters are the ones who have not heard or have chosen not to listen. Comments are on the record from local, state and national leaders regarding potential downriver impacts of the proposed Fargo-Moorhead diversion. No city, county, state or federal official has dismissed legitimate concerns of downstream communities. Indeed, public remarks and substantive proposals in the past couple of months confirm that everything possible is being done to minimize an increase in downstream flow that might be caused by the diversion.

In case the protesters missed it: