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Bruce Senger, Moorhead , Published March 15 2014

Letter: Here’s a plan for flood control

A plan for permanent flood protection for Fargo-Moorhead:

1. Build a dam just north of the cities to hold the Red River at a 23-foot level (or some other predetermined, agreed-upon level.)

2. Remove all trees to that level.

3. Over time, the “old” river banks would collapse, in effect widening the river channel through the cities.

4. In early March, the water level could be significantly drawn down to make room for the spring snow melt.

5. We would have a water recreation area to enjoy for much of the year.

6. This would also save both cities from having to maintain thousands of unused acres of low lands along the cities river corridor.

7. Redesign the many drainage canals that have been dug to quickly drain water into the Red so that, as needed, the water could be held back in these channels until the Red could take it without flooding. Many of these channels are very wide and very deep and should be able to hold considerable amounts of water.