Final Scoping Decision

A Final Scoping Decision Document (FSDD) has been prepared for the Fargo-Moorhead Flood Risk Management Project (Project). It follows the Draft Scoping Decision Document (DSDD) and Scoping Environmental Assessment Worksheet (SEAW), which were released for public comment on April 15, 2013, and considers the public comments on those documents. The purpose of the FSDD is to identify the environmental effects and project alternatives that will be assessed in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Summary of Final Scoping Decision: The EIS will address the following issues:

  • potential environmental hazards due to past site uses;
  • cover types;
  • fish, wildlife and ecologically sensitive resources;
  • nearby resources;
  • compatibility with plans and land use regulations;
  • impacts on infrastructure and public services;
  • cumulative potential effects;
  • hydrology;
  • socio-economic impacts;
  • dam safety;
  • physical impacts on water resources;
  • water-related land use management district; and
  • mitigation effectiveness.

A more detailed description of each of these areas can be found in the Final Scoping Decision Document.

The EIS will evaluate the following alternatives:

  • Base No Action Alternative: Includes the potential flood risk reduction impacts of already completed and currently funded projects such as levee construction and property buyouts. This option does not include emergency measures currently being pursued to address flooding in the Project area.
  • No Action Alternative (with Emergency Measures): Includes the potential flood risk reduction impact of already completed and currently funded projects such as levee construction and property buyouts. This alternative also includes emergency measures currently being pursued to address flooding in the Project area, and includes the definition of flood fighting measures identified in the USACE Final Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement (FFREIS).
  • Distributed Storage Alternative: Includes in-town levees, watershed flood storage, wetland/grassland restoration, and nonstructural measures that combined may achieve the desired flood protection without a control structure or diversion channel.
  • Northern Alignment Alternative: Moves the control structure and embankments north of the alignment in the proposed Project. This would potentially lessen social impacts in some areas—around Comstock, and Richland and Wilkin Counties—but it would increase social impacts in other areas, between the proposed alignment and the Northern Alignment Alternative.

The following documents are in format.

Final Scoping Decision Documents

Draft Scoping Decision Documents