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Published November 04, 2009, 12:00 AM

West Fargo backs west-side diversion

The West Fargo City Commission has joined a growing number of supporters for a flood diversion project on the North Dakota side of the Red River.

By: Tammy Swift, INFORUM

The West Fargo City Commission has joined a growing number of supporters for a flood diversion project on the North Dakota side of the Red River.

The commission voted unanimously Monday to back a proposed diversion plan that would be located about 1 1/2 miles from the city.

The vote echoes moves recently made by the Cass County Commission and the county’s joint watershed board.

West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern said he supports the west-side diversion over proposed Minnesota-side diversions because it would remove many acres of North Dakota land from the flood plain.

“If we could take that out of the flood plain, we would have developable land for our grandchildren’s children, and open up a lot of land way down the road,” Mattern said.

Mattern said commissioners chose this west-side diversion over another proposed North Dakota diversion that would tie into the Sheyenne Diversion.

“We have really not heard of anyone who favors that,” he said of the latter option. “Most people will tell you that they are comfortable with the way that diversion is now.”


Readers can reach Forum reporter Tammy Swift at (701) 241-5525

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