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Published November 08, 2012, 09:32 PM

Southern alignment is approved in the F-M diversion

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The North and South end of the F-M diversion are locked in place, after the diversion authority picked a southern alignment today. Now, all that's missing is the western alignment, and what's being looked at is better news for West Fargo.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The North and South end of the F-M diversion are locked in place, after the diversion authority picked a southern alignment today. Now, all that's missing is the western alignment, and what's being looked at is better news for West Fargo.

By attacking the diversion alignment by sections, the authority is getting its best results in this never-ending effort to please everyone.

Here's the latest adjustment to the diversion, moving the western alignment "WEST" of the Sheyenne Diversion.

That's big news for West Fargo, City leaders told us just this summer the city is 10-15 years from being maxed out. This will give the booming area at least a little more room to grow.

Mike Thorstad/West Fargo City Commission: "our point to the commissioners has always been if you're going to build a project that's going to be a forever project why not try to maximize the benefit."

After today that western alignment is the final chunk of the diversion to vote on.

Scott Wagner: "I would move to the board of authority to endorse B.E.13 option A."

That right there is the diversion authority passing the corps-endorsed southern alignment. The ring-dike option around Oxbow will continue to be researched, it can either be accepted or declined at a later date.

Authority members say by breaking this project up, pieces are really coming together.

Chair Darrell Vanyo/Division Authority: "Also the retention issue is running parallel we've locked in to what we want to do with the diversion so if something happens with retention it can only help to make things better for everyone."

One key concern from people in Oxbow, Hickson and Bakke on that ring dike,

is the height of the water that would be sitting on it and the safety of that. Corps members had a chart that shows Pembina and East Grand Forks have ring dikes that are higher than the one needed around Oxbow.

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