DNR invites public to attend tonight’s meeting on environmental review for revised Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project

Public comments invited through Sept. 27

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will hold a joint public informational meeting tonight in Moorhead to provide information and take comments on environmental review documents for the revised Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project.

The public meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott, 1080 28th Ave. S. It will begin with an open house, where attendees will have an opportunity to engage the DNR and USACE staff on the content of the draft environmental documents for the revised flood diversion project (Plan B).

Following that, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., there will be a brief, formal presentation then the public will have opportunity to provide comments. People will also have the option to record private, individual comments or submit written comments.

In August the DNR released for public comment its Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) and the USACE released its Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment for the flood diversion project.

Both the DNR and USACE environmental review documents are available for public comment. People may submit comments on one or both documents.

The two agencies are hosting the meeting together so that members of the public do not need to attend two different public meetings. The DNR and the USACE were both individually required to complete a supplemental environmental review for the Plan B project.

Comments received during the concurrent comment periods will be shared with both agencies.

For more information on the DNR DSEIS, visit mndnr.gov/fmproject.

For more information about the Army Corps of Engineers documents, visit the link for the Fargo-Moorhead Project under the Civil Works Public Notices at www.mvp.usace.army.mil/Home/Public-Notices.

Written comments on the DNR’s DSEIS must be received by 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. Comments may be mailed to:  Jill Townley, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 500 Lafayette Road, Box 25, St. Paul, MN 55155-4025. Comments may be faxed to 651-297-1500.

Comments may be emailed to: environmentalrev.dnr@state.mn.us with “Fargo-Moorhead SEIS” in the subject line. If using the email address, include name and preferred method of contact (email or mailing address) to be added to the mailing list.