STAFF BLOG STORM TRACKER Summer Flood to a Trickle
In 1975, 26.30 inches of rain and melted snow was recorded. At the time it was the 15th wettest year on record. Much of the excessive rain that year occurred in June when 9.40 inches was recorded. Tha... Posted on 8/23/13 at 10:48 AM
The Water Resources Reform Development Act, a package of water infrastructure projects including the proposed $1.8 billion flood channel around the Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn., passed on a 412- 5 vote, with both area representatives — Minnesota Democrat Rep. Collin Peterson and North Dakota Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer — voting in favor.
The proposal also could contribute to a Red River Basin Authority objective of achieving a 20 percent peak flow reduction in the mainstem of the Red River during the spring flood season. Engineers have determined that a 20 percent reduction, had it been in place during the Flood of 1997, would have prevented the flood disaster in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.
The immediate threat to British agriculture from floods and storms has put animal welfare in the spotlight, but in the long-term increasingly erratic weather is likely deter investment, despite continuing global growth in demand for food.
The head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service promised by September to come up with a just solution for wetland determination backlogs when he spoke Monday at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds here.
The Greenway’s opening marked a turning point in the history of the neighboring cities of Grand Forks, N.D., and East Grand Forks, Minn. The miles-long riverfront park features paved bike trails, Frisbee golf, cross-country ski trails and pedestrian bridges across the Red River.
WEST FARGO — Tile drainage of farm fields has been cast as a villain that aggravates flooding in the Red River Valley, but also held out as a great hope for better managing runoff to minimize flooding.
BISMARCK, N.D. — The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Red River Basin Commission announced they will allocate $3.63 million in financial assistance through the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program. These funds will be administered by NRCS in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota portions of the Red River Basin. Funds will be utilized by local landowners to help address problems related to erosion, water quality, and flooding.
FARGO, N.D. — It should come as no surprise that water management officials in the Red River Valley are vigorously pursuing water storage options as part of an overall permanent flood protection strategy. But aggressive water retention in the mostly flat Red River Valley is not the cure-all for flooding. Holding water on the land is a necessary element in the larger flood protection equation.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The nation’s top agriculture official on Wednesday announced more than $300 million in emergency assistance to 33 states and Puerto Rico to help them recover from an unusually intense year for natural disasters across the U.S.
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