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F-M Diversion Receives $6.3 Million in Federal Funding

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Federal funding for the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Project has been included in the Army Corps' 2014 work plan. An appropriation of $6.3 million will go toward completing the planning, engineering and design of the Diversion. 

"This will bring total funding for the project to $40 million, which will enable the Corps to complete the project engineering and design phase," says Senator John Hoeven. "Also, we have included authorization for the project in the Water Resources and Development Act. Our challenge now is to secure funding for Fiscal Year 2015, which will be difficult because the president did not include it in his budget. However, I will work through the Appropriations Committee process to try and secure funding for the Corps to include in its work plan."

"Because of this federal funding, the design phase of the diversion will finally be completed – a milestone which we have worked so hard to accomplish," says Senator Heidi Heitkamp. "Flooding is too often a reality in the Fargo-Moorhead region, and we need to do everything we can to protect North Dakotans' homes and families from these devastating natural disasters. I've been working closely with federal and local officials to highlight how crucial funding for this project is and why it's so imperative that we see it through. We now need to make sure Congress can reach an agreement on its water resources bill so we can authorize federal funding for the construction of diversion and get the project built."          

The senators are also working to get the Corps to address upstream concerns and are also seeking to address these interests through other avenues, such as the recently passed farm bill. The farm bill includes rural water management and flood protection provisions, such as $500 million for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program that can be used in part to support flood protection in the Red River Valley.

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