Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Area Flood Risk Management Project

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Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

The purpose of the EIS is to evaluate and disclose potential impacts and proposed mitigations for those impacts. The Minnesota DNR issued a Draft EIS in September 2015. Following its release, the public was given six weeks to review and provide comments.

Comments were received from government agencies, local businesses, non-governmental organizations, private individuals and the Diversion Authority. Based on these comments, the DNR made changes and additions to the Draft EIS.

Decisions about whether to proceed with the Project can only be made following completion of the EIS and, for the State of Minnesota, will involve both permitting and funding.

Download Final EIS

Limited hard copies and CDs are also available.

Info Sheets

We've prepared the following Info Sheets to assist you in the review of the Final EIS. Info Sheets are current as of May 16, 2016.

Commenting on the Final EIS

The Final EIS will be available for a 10-day public comment period May 16 through May 31. Comments should focus on the adequacy of the document. Three criteria determine an EIS's adequacy:

  1. Does the Final EIS analyze topics identified in scoping?
  2. Does the Final EIS respond to comments received on the draft?
  3. Did the DNR follow the process established in state statute and rule for preparing an EIS?

The DNR must receive comments no later than 4:30 p.m., May 31.


Email submittals should be directed to environmentalrev.dnr@state.mn.us and should include "Fargo-Moorhead Final EIS" in the subject line. Also include a full name and legal mailing address to be considered.

Mail / Fax

Mailed or faxed submittals should be directed to:

Jill Townley
EIS Project Manager
MNDNR Division of Ecological and Water Resources
Environmental Review Unit
500 Lafayette Road, Box 25
St. Paul, MN 55155-4025

Fax: 651-296-1811

Next Steps

  • May 16, 2016 - Final EIS is prepared and published.
  • May 16 - 31 - Final EIS public comment period.
  • Summer 2016* - DNR makes adequacy decision on Final EIS.
  • Fall 2016* - DNR permitting decisions.

*Dates are approximate.

External Resources


Jill Townley, EIS Project Manager
Environmental Review Unit
Division of Ecological and Water Resources
Minnesota DNR
500 Lafayette Road
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155-4025
Fax: 651-296-1811