Corps says federal suit against proposed $2 billion Red River diversion project lacks standing

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: December 26, 2013 - 5:25 PM

FARGO, N.D. — Attorneys for the federal government are asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit by a group opposed to a plan to divert high water from the Red River around Fargo and neighboring Moorhead, Minn.

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jkountDec. 26, 13 6:03 PM

People obviously don't want their cities to flood. But people also don't want to move away from the river and allow proper dikes to be built to contain all the flood water. The areas around the Red River are known as flood plains which have very rich soil due to sediment being deposited in the flat areas from all the flooding during the previous thousands of years. Dikes have allowed these areas to be used for farming with very good results. That's why farmers don't want to give the land up. Either you build proper dikes or you let the flood plains do their job. You cannot just make water disappear. The cheaper option will obviously be to let flood waters spread out over the flood plains again. But I do not see any option being found where one party doesn't lose out.

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