Initial reaction to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ flood protection project for Fargo-Moorhead appears to be positive, but muted. Indeed, the corps’ proposal – and at this point that’s all it is – has the earmarks of traditional corps projects: levees and diversions. It’s likely such an approach would protect the metro area from floods on the Red River and its tributaries. But the proposed components of the plan do not speak to comprehensive watershed management. That is, managing water before it reaches rivers and explodes into record floods.
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