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Published September 15, 2010, 01:05 PM

Red River Diversion Project Delayed

The Army Corps of Engineers says it needs to do more study on a Red River diversion plan for the Fargo-Moorhead area, and that will delay completion of the project.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers says it needs to do more study on a Red River diversion plan for the Fargo-Moorhead area, and that will delay completion of the project.

The agency on Wednesday said the move is necessary because the impacts downstream from the proposed long-term flood control project are greater than first anticipated.

The corps says it's working with Fargo-Moorhead officials on a schedule to complete the supplemental draft environmental impact statement but anticipates publishing the study for public review next spring.

The old schedule called for a feasibility study to be ready by December for recommendation to Congress.

Last month, Minnesota Rep. James Oberstar, who heads a House committee that authorizes flood control projects, told local officials that the project is strong enough to be a stand-alone bill and should not be affected by a delay.

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