In May, our congressional delegation supported and praised a new program in the farm bill that will bolster flood protection and water retention efforts in specifically designated areas such as the Red River Basin. Cass County has a long history of supporting water retention projects and continues to actively research, fund and implement retention projects in the county. The projects benefit Cass County and the greater Red River Basin.
The new funding will help the retention efforts in Cass County and should spur retention projects in the neighboring counties. As more retention projects are implemented, it also reduces the size of the diversion staging area south of Fargo-Moorhead. We value a retention/ diversion partnership for solving our flooding problems because neither alone can be adequate protection solutions.
In 2010, Cass County residents approved a half cent sales tax for flood protection. These funds help fund the diversion as well as needed retention and levee projects in other parts of the county. The Cass County Flood Sales Tax Committee in May approved $1.7 million to be spent on projects ranging from the Upper Maple River Dam near Page, to levee certification for Argusville and Mapleton, to retention/detention projects near Alice on Lake Bertha and in Pontiac Township.
In Cass County, with our water resource districts, we talk and produce needed solutions.
Bennett is a Cass County commissioner.