In April of 2011, people living upstream of the proposed Fargo Dam came together
to voice their concerns and formed the “MnDak Upstream Coalition.” The proposed
Fargo Dam includes diverting water around the City of Fargo, and holding it back
to minimize downstream effects. People living upstream of the dam could see as much
as eight feet of water held back on their property to protect Fargo. We believe
that the upstream effects of the dam have not been studied sufficiently, and would
have a much greater negative effect than estimated by the Army Corps of Engineers.
Since our formation, we have lobbied the County Commissioners in Wilkin and Richland
Counties, as well as making several trips to Bismarck to meet with legislators and
Governor Dalrymple’s staff.
The MnDak Upstream Coalition has also hired a law firm with extensive practice in
water, flood control, and environmental law in Minnesota known as the Rinke-Noonan
Law Firm of St. Cloud to represent us and our concerns. Rinke-Noonan is recognized
regionally as a leading law firm in the important areas that this project involves.
They have successfully litigated against the Army Corps of Engineers in Federal
Court, as well as stopping major projects in the Courts of Appeals and the Minnesota
Supreme Court. They also have extensive experience in both Minnesota and North Dakota
in both water litigation and problem solving in areas of water, water regulatory
issues, and eminent domain.
Please look around our website for information on what you can do, what our position
is, and links to other groups with similar interests. Use the “Contact Us” link
to send us any comments, concerns, or questions that you may have. Obviously, this
action comes at a large monetary cost so donations are greatly appreciated, please
click on the “Donation” tab above for more information on donating.