BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A $2.75 billion project aimed at protecting Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota, from chronic flooding is gaining ground.
It’s getting a $569 million loan from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Also, local officials have picked an international consortium to build and provide some up-front capital for a key piece that involves diverting Red River floodwaters through a 30-mile channel.
Officials say the public-private partnership for the project is a first for the Corps.
They say it could be a model for big infrastructure projects elsewhere.
Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney called the announcements important milestones in protecting North Dakota’s largest city from flooding.