Minnesota funding for F-M diversion could be eliminated under proposalST. PAUL - Flood talk is on the agenda today at the Minnesota capitol and it centers on a diversion being planned to protect Fargo-Moorhead.
By: WDAY Radio News, INFORUM
ST. PAUL - Flood talk is on the agenda today at the Minnesota capitol and it centers on a diversion being planned to protect Fargo-Moorhead.
But the talk is about the impact it will have on farmers and communities down-stream.
Rep. Kent Eken of Twin Valley tells WDAY Radio News that he is very concerned about consequences from a diversion.
And so, today he will offer an amendment that would prohibit spending state money on a diversion if the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers doesn't do something to try to protect downstream communities.
Eken says he sees retention - holding water back - as a key.
However, Eken says he has not taken a stand on the long-talked about and controversial Twin Valley Dam.
Some say that would have an immediate impact on downstream communities on the Red, as well as farmers and communities in the Wild Rice watershed.
But Eken says the experts need to look for the best places where water can be stored and retained.
And he says the legislature should then find the money to fund those flood protection projects.