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Terry Guttormson, Published July 21 2010

Already, answer from Fargo is ‘no’

After the Joint Powers signing at Fargo City Hall on July 15, the Downstream Impact Work Group asked the F-M metro diversion planners to vote in favor of extending the comment period. In the spirit of full disclosure, the downstream group sought the extension because of the unprecedented short time frame given for downstream interests to address the recent information they’d just received and then were required to digest and act on.

They also told the F-M metro diversion team that the Army Corps of Engineers had not yet given people north of Halstad, Minn., the impacts. The deadline will likely close before the people to the north even have their impact report from the corps.

The F-M metro diversion team voted unanimously to reject to the extension. After hearing how they will do anything for us, this was the first thing that was requested, and it was unanimously denied. Now we know where they stand. We know what their promises mean.

A rushed project will yield a poor product and devastation downstream.