Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton will be in Moorhead, MN to Discuss the Red River of the North Flood Diversion Project that is being planned in the greater Fargo/Moorhead area between North Dakota and Minnesota. It is a large $1.8 Billion project still in the planning stage similar to Winnipeg, Manitoba’s project that has saved that city in recent decades from record flooding on the Red River. Fargo, North Dakota has come close to flooding in recent years after the Grand Forks flood situation was mitigated after the 1997 flood about 60mi to the north (The Red River of the North flows south to north to Hudson Bay from the Whapeton, ND/Breckenridge MN area as the Ottertail and Bois de Sioux rivers merge).
To those unfamiliar with the region, it is the old glacial Lake Agassiz lake bed in the early stages of geological development. There is only a 712ft drop from Whapeton, ND to where it enters Lake Winnepeg to the north, it is a extremely flat region with only 1ft or less elevation change over a mile. When the river floods you end up with moving lakes, aka Overland Flooding that cover acres of farmland and some cities.
What Governor Dayton is doing is waiting for all the proper studies to be finished with the MN DNR before moving ahead on future stages of the project. The Red River Valley already has existing LiDAR datasets for studies, but more GIS/Geomatics, and Meteorlogy will be used in the continuing planning for the project.