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Forum staff reports, Published September 15 2010

Flood diversion timeline pushed back due to concerns about downstream impacts

The timeline for Fargo-Moorhead area flood diversion project has been pushed back, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced this morning.

In a statement, the corps said it will need to complete a supplemental draft environmental impact statement due to downstream impacts of a proposed diversion.

The corps said extending the completion of its feasibility study is being down in cooperation with Fargo and Moorhead to allow analysis of alternatives and impacts.

The corps, in its statement, said it is working with the cities to determine a new schedule to complete the study. It is anticipated that the supplemental draft environmental impact statement will be available for review next spring.

"The St. Paul District remains committed to completing this study as soon as possible," Col. Michael Price, St. Paul District commander, said in a statement. "However, it is important that we identify all of the impacts of a diversion and then share them with everyone affected before we proceed. It is the right thing to do and is what every citizen in the basin expects."