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Forum staff reports, Published October 17 2012

Diversion to get dual environmental review

ST. PAUL – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will follow separate but coordinated environmental review processes for the proposed Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project.

The Flood Diversion Authority recently endorsed two changes to the proposed project, including adding adjustable gates to the diversion inlet channel and increasing the Red River flows through the Fargo-Moorhead area.

The changes will require public review under the National Environmental Policy Act.

“The Minnesota DNR is including the project changes in its scoping process started earlier this year, while the corps of engineers is supplementing the environmental review it completed in 2011,” said Brett Coleman, corps project manager.

The DNR must prepare an environmental impact statement for the project, and the first step in that process is to assess the scope of issues to be addressed in the EIS.

The federal and state processes both require public review and comment periods.