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Daniel Langehaug, Lake Bronson, Minn., Published April 04 2014

Letter: A less expensive flood alternative for F-M area

Each year, and especially during years of predicted flood conditions, thousands or perhaps hundreds of thousands of yards of clay is brought in to raise current dike levels or create dikes in flood-prone areas. When the threat of flooding has passed, the clay is hauled away only to be hauled back in during the next flood year, at what I assume is great expense.

It seems to me that keeping the dike improvements permanently in place would be less expensive than creating a diversion. Greenways could be created along the dikes with bicycle paths and walkways in the summer and cross-country ski paths during the winter, thereby creating recreational activities for those who live in or visit the F-M area.

Has that notion ever been a part of the debate over the diversion?