Red River Diversion opponents sue Army Corps

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Aug 20, 2013 at 1:29 pm

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Opponents of a planned project to divert the Red River around Fargo-Moorhead have sued the Corps of Engineers in federal court.

The lawsuit filed by opponents south of the metro area accuses diversion leaders of unnecessarily expanding the scope of the flood protection project. The Richland-Wilkin Joint Powers Authority says that has boosted the diversion's estimated cost to $1.8 billion and will damage farmland.

Opposition spokesman Nathan Berseth tells The Forum newspaper that "we were pushed against a wall and we had no alternatives."

The corps says it's reviewing the lawsuit. Diversion Authority Chairman Darrel Vanyo says the lawsuit doesn't surprise him. He disputes the reported impacts on farmland and says the corps' current plan is the only approach that will protect against a major flood.

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