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Published July 19 2012

Corps’ St. Paul District honored for F-M study

ST. PAUL – The regional district for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has received the corps’ 2011 Outstanding Planning Achievement Award for its work on the feasibility study for the Red River diversion project.

Officials at the corps’ national headquarters handed out the award to members of the St. Paul District at a ceremony this week.

The St. Paul District was chosen because, “while similar studies can take several years to complete, the team completed this study in less than 36 months,” a news release from the corps stated.

“They performed exceptional work on developing and executing the accelerated schedule to complete the final feasibility report and environmental impact statement,” said Col. Michael Price, the St. Paul District commander.

The Fargo-Moorhead study was completed in July 2011 and approved by the corps’ top brass in December.

A record of decision by the corps in April sent the study to Congress for formal consideration.

Congress must both authorize and fund the project before construction could begin.