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Department schedules speaker series on F-M diversion

NDSU’s Department of Emergency Management is scheduled to a host a four-part speaker series on the F-M Red River Diversion Project. Dates for the series include Oct. 10, Oct. 17, Nov. 2 and Nov. 7.

“The Fargo-Moorhead area has pursued the construction of a Red River diversion to protect the metropolitan area from seasonal flooding,” said Jessica Jensen, assistant professor of emergency management. “The diversion is a controversial topic and has resulted in groups that strongly advocate and oppose its construction. How the F-M area chooses to deal with the flood hazard and the impact of that decision on the surrounding area will be the focus of the speaker series.”

All NDSU students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend any and all of the hour-long presentations.

Oct. 10 – 3 p.m., South Engineering room 116
Cass County emergency manager Dave Rogness will present to students about his involvement with mitigation in general and the Red River Diversion Project specifically.

Oct. 17 – 3 p.m., Memorial Union Arikara room
Marcus Larson, founder of, an independent news source developed to report on the diversion project, and Perry Miller, chair of the Richland Wilken Joint Authority (the organization that has filed a lawsuit regarding the diversion project that represents multiple government jurisdictions), will share their views on the diversion project.

Nov. 2 – 1 p.m., Memorial Union Hidatsa room
Darrell Vanyo, Cass County commissioner and Red River Diversion Authority member will speak to students about the project’s evolution, his involvement, the controversy that has been involved and where the diversion project is now.

Nov. 7 – 3 p.m., Memorial Union Rose room
Terry Williams, US Army Corps of Engineers project manager for the Red River Diversion Project will speak about the project’s evolution, the Corps’ past and current involvement, the Corps’ feasibility study, the controversy that has been involved and where the diversion project is now.

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