Flood Management Work Group aims to find consensusThe Metropolitan Flood Management Work Group is composed of 11 elected officials from Fargo, Moorhead, Cass and Clay counties, and the Buffalo Red River Watershed District and Southeast Cass Water Resource District.
By: Dave Olson, INFORUM
The Metropolitan Flood Management Work Group is composed of 11 elected officials from Fargo, Moorhead, Cass and Clay counties, and the Buffalo Red River Watershed District and Southeast Cass Water Resource District.
They are charged with working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to determine the flood protection plan for Fargo-Moorhead that will be forwarded to Congress for inclusion in the 2010 Water Resources Act.
The work group is a subgroup of a larger flood management committee made up of all of the elected officials serving on the Cass and Clay county commissions and the Fargo City Commission and Moorhead City Council.
While there is no clear-cut process for how a consensus will be measured, officials said the decision making will likely go something like this:
As work group members pare down options, they will report on their progress in a timely basis to their respective boards.
When a final choice begins to take shape, the larger management committee will likely review the selection before individual boards are asked to give it their stamp of approval.
The members of the work group:
- Co-chairman – Tim Mahoney, Fargo city commissioner.
- Co-chairman – Kevin Campbell, Clay County commission vice-chairman.
- Brad Wimmer, Fargo city commissioner
- Grant Weyland, Clay County commissioner
- Scott Wagner, Cass County commissioner
- Darrell Vanyo, Cass County commissioner
- John Rowell, Moorhead city councilman
- Lauri Winterfeldt, Moorhead city councilwoman
- Nancy Otto, Moorhead city councilwoman
- Gerald Van Amburg, vice chairman, Buffalo Red River Watershed District
- Tom Fischer, chairman Southeast Cass Water Resource District
As chairmen, Mahoney will lead the meetings on the North Dakota side of the river and Campbell will lead on the Minnesota side.
The group agreed to alternate meetings between Fargo and Moorhead locations.