Fargo-Moorhead Flood Risk Management Project - Permit

2018 Permit Application

On March 16, 2018, the DNR received a Dam Safety permit application from the Metro Flood Diversion Authority for a revised Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Area Flood Risk Management Project.

The U.S. Army Crops of Engineers has partnered with the Diversion Authority to plan, secure funding for, and construct the project.

The DNR is considering the project as a whole when evaluating the permit application, including components in North Dakota and Minnesota. This is essential because the various components are designed to work together as a system.

We will carefully evaluate the Diversion Authority's 2018 application against the relevant provisions in Minnesota Statute and Rule as well as the Findings of Fact for our denial of the 2016 permit application.

2016 Permit Decision

The DNR denied the Diversion Authority's 2016 Dam Safety and Work in Public Waters permit.

Major considerations in this decision were:

  • alternatives to the proposed project that can provide needed flood protection
  • lack of consistency with state and local plans
  • insufficient mitigation for the project

Findings of Fact Document

Reasoning for the decision can be found in the Findings of Fact document. This is the written explanation of the DNR's decision.


Pooja Kanwar, Project Manager
Ecological and Water Resources Division
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155