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Published February 13, 2014, 08:57 PM

Army Corps of Engineers will move forward with current diversion plan

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -At today's Diversion Authority Board meeting, one board member urged others to attend meetings with upstream communities affected by the project.

By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -At today's Diversion Authority Board meeting, one board member urged others to attend meetings with upstream communities affected by the project.

Recently, the Richland-Wilkin Joint Powers Association held a meeting to propose an alternative diversion plan that would move the diversion inlet a few miles north.

They say their plan would make a ring dike around Oxbow unnecessary.

The Army Corps of Engineers responded about two weeks later, rejecting the proposal because they say it would impact 200 more homes and the ring dike would still be necessary.

Rodger Olson and Brad Wimmer were at that meeting, and say it was emotional.

Rodger Olson, Cass County Joint Water Resource district manager: “If you've never been to a meeting with this group that's being impacted by our project, you need to go, and just sit there and listen.”

An Army Corps representative present at the meeting said "our plan is our plan," and they don't intend to change it, based on the upstream coalition's findings.

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