The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, and the Souris River Joint Water Resources Board, or SRJB, are holding a public meeting to discuss the draft Souris “Mouse” River Basin Feasibility Study and Environmental Assessment on November 16.
The meeting will be held at the Minot Municipal Auditorium in Minot, North Dakota. An open house will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a formal presentation and public comments/input from 7-9 p.m, said USACE.
The purpose of the feasibility study is to assess the interconnected system of reservoirs, levees and channels within this basin and recommend modifications to existing infrastructure and potential new measures to reduce the risk of flooding.
USACE’s feasibility study is the first step toward a federal flood risk reduction project, and its purpose is to provide Congress with the information it needs to authorize a project for implementation.
The proposed project consists of the construction of what is currently referred to as the ‘Maple Diversion’ or high-flow bypass along with a short tieback levee east of the U.S. 83 Bypass within the city of Minot. The Maple Diversion is a feature of the SRJB’s larger Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project.
The public review period will end November 30.