July 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm in INFORUM
Officials studying a $1.46 billion Red River diversion in North Dakota are trying to get court-issued permits to allow access to private land on the proposed route of the massive channel.
Tags: Diversion, Fargo, Flood, Flood protection, flooding, Minnesota, Moorhead, North Dakota 3 Comments »
From the article: Tom Fischer, chairman of the Cass County water board, said he understands why people would fear the possibility of higher crests downstream but dismissed worries the issue wonâ€™t be addressed as â€œludicrous.â€
We don’t believe it, because nothing is being shown how downstream increases will be mitigated. There is no requirement in the proposal to mitigate downstream impacts. It’s more than a possibilty to have higher crests, it will happen. That is the only thing currently guaranteed to happen for people downstream. The only question is if it will be close to their projections or if it will be higher.
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Where was all the belly aching when Wahpeton Breckenridge built their diversion? Actually when you think about it the same amount of water will be going down stream. Part of it will go around FM and the rest will go through FM. It probably won’t go any faster than it does now. As for certain farmers in this area saying they are worried about those downstream, BS! They’re using those people as stepping stones for their own benefit. Use all the dirt coming out of that big ditch to build flood protection downstream.
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Yes the same amount of water will be going downstream. But it will be going downstream faster. From the presentation given by the Army Corps of Engineers the diversion falls under the category of “Increase Conveyance”. From the definition of the two words; to become progressively greater and to bear from one place to another. To people downstream that translates to “look out here it comes”. Aside from the current projected increases downstream the only other mention or effects downstream is the desire to “Quantify downstream impacts”, it says nothing about mitigating those impacts.
Also from the presentation, the downstream effects have only been studied to Halstad. The Corps does not even know what the full impact will be downstream yet! This is an incomplete study that is being pushed hastily forward with out knowing all of impacts. They are using new data that has only recently been put in place. What if during the rush to provide the numbers for this study there has been an error in their calculations? What impact will that have?
When you think about it, there is a lot to belly ache about.
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