The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has concluded that a planned diversion of the Red River around Fargo-Moorhead will not have any significant environmental impacts.
The report released Friday makes modifications to the original plan, including some alignment shifts and channel cross-section modifications, the addition of levees and floodwalls in downtown Fargo, a ring levee around the communities of Oxbox, Hickson, and Bakke, North Dakota, and would add gates to the diversion inlet.
The Associated Press reports that some people are worried the diversion project is overpriced, while others fear damage to farmland will worsen in their areas if the diversion is built. There has been a lawsuit filed by some who are opposed to it, saying it would damage farmland in more than 20 cities and townships upstream.
The $2 billion project has been approved in the U.S. Senate but not by the House, and no money has been approved for construction of it yet.
The Diversion Project will involve the construction of a 36-mile long diversion channel in North Dakota that will direct floodwater around the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area, in all officials say it would protect more than 200,000 people from flooding.