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Published July 31, 2013, 09:49 PM

West Fargo homeowners are worried about a new lagoon

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Homeowners just outside West Fargo are worried that a new lagoon will take away space for holding floodwater near their homes.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Homeowners just outside West Fargo are worried that a new lagoon will take away space for holding floodwater near their homes.

The city hopes to add 80 acres to its lagoons by next year, bringing them closer to some homes.

Neighbors Jim Burgard and Donald Pederson say flooding is always a concern at their homes just North of the West Fargo diversion.

And plans for adding a nearby lagoon have them wondering where the water will go.

Donald Pederson- Concerned Homeowner: "With the diversion where it's at, where it's located, our water backs up on us fairly hot and heavy."

Jim Burgard- Concerned Homeowner: "If you put another lagoon out here, your property value isn't worth much because you're in the floodwater."

In the early 90s, the city expanded its lagoons and purchased this land to use as another lagoon cell when the city needed it.

With the growth West Fargo has seen in the last ten years, they say that time is now.

They plan to add 80 acres of lagoon by next year.

Kevin Bucholz- West Fargo City Engineer: "We've looked at were not going to impact flood way, were not going to impact drainage and were not going to impact in our opinion anything in the adjacent neighborhood."

Many of the nearby homeowners have their own wells.

Burgard worries the water could be tainted in things aren't taken care of properly.

According to city engineers, this lagoon cell, like the others, will have an impermeable clay lining, which should prevent it from getting to any of the well water.

While city officials say they reached out to the nearby township, these homeowners say they didn't get any notification.

Pederson: "We just need to sit down and get together and make sure that our property values aren't going down, and we've got to make sure that the water isn't going to impact us even more then it already does."

The neighbors, who are outside of city limits, suggested a waste water treatment plant instead, but engineers say it is not as cost-effective.

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