the republic logo

Red River diversion group agrees to lower ring levee after complaints from Minnesota officials


FARGO, North Dakota — The Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority has approved a plan to lower a ring dike south of the metropolitan area after Minnesota officials complained that it should not have been built.

KFGO radio reports that the change will provide flood protection at the 100-year level for the Oxbow, Hickson and Bakke areas, rather than the original 500-year level.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and state Rep. Paul Marquart of Dilworth, Minnesota, have criticized the authority for going ahead with the levee project before an environmental review was completed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The planned $2 billion diversion project would include a holding area near Oxbow, Hickson and Bakke that would flood farmland in times in high water.

Information from: KFGO-AM,

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.

We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)




Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2014 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.