Fargo-Moorhead Flood Risk Management Project - Permit

2018 Permit Application

On March 16, 2018, the DNR received a Dam Safety and Work in Public Waters permit application (2018-0819) from the Diversion Authority for the proposed Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Area Flood Risk Management Project.

Project Application

Supporting technical documents are available by contacting Jason Boyle.


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