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Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project - Mouse River Basin, ND
Tags: bottineau countyburlingtonfloodflood protectionfloodwallsleveesmchenry countyminotmouse riverrenville countysawyersouris rivervelvaward county
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Ackerman-Estvold serves as one of the primary engineering firms on the Mouse River Basin Enhanced Flood Protection Project. Lead engineer, Barr Engineering based out of Minneapolis, sought our firm out to assist in this monumental project that directly impacts the communities in which we live, and for whom we provide engineering services. As the local engineering firm, we are honored to lend our expertise in the area of water resources to help create a flood protection project that restores our communities, helps them grow far beyond their dreams, and provides the best, most appropriate security against future devastation.

The Mouse River Basin Enhanced Flood Protection Project is in direct response to the 2011 flood in the Mouse River Basin in North Dakota. This historic flood caused unprecedented damage throughout the basin. As a result, the Souris River Joint Board asked Governor Dalrymple for assistance in developing a flood protection for the entire basin in North Dakota. The North Dakota State Water Commission was given the task of preparing a Preliminary Engineering Report that includes an alignment plan that can be used for property acquisition.

There were several initial events that took place at the onset of project development that played a significant role in the creation of the Mouse River Basin Enhanced Flood Protection Project. Those critical events included  a tour of the City of Grand Forks highlighting their flood protection, meetings with City of Grand Forks officials regarding their process, details of their flood protection project, and lessons learned, an initial startup workshop, and individual meetings with stakeholders.

Following the preliminary information gathering steps, the team began the critical work of developing an appropriate flood protection plan that would protect the Mouse River Basin to the 27,400 cfs level, as directed by the Souris River Joint Board and the ND State Water Commission. Initial Concept alignments were released to community officials and the public in November, 2011. Public input meetings were immediately held to gather feedback regarding the initial concepts. The public input was compiled and used during the creation of several revisions of the initial concept which were released prior to the presentation of the final report of phase I, otherwise known as the Preliminary Engineering Report, which was released, as scheduled, on February 29, 2012. The Preliminary Engineering Report was the recommendation of the engineering team for the alignment that would best meet the criteria set forth by the public officials which included a plan that impacted the smallest number of homes at the protection level of 27,400 cfs, and included the consideration of cost.

The engineering team was recently directed by the ND State Water Commission to develop a flood protection project for the portion of the Mouse River Basin that was not included in the initial project which includes the area North of Mouse River Park, the area between Mouse River Park and Burlington, and the area past Velva. The public officials within the impacted cities and counties are currently working on the property acquisitions and gathering of funds and potential funding sources, in order to appropriately fund the project.

The Mouse River Basin Enhanced Flood Protection Project is estimated to take approximately 10 years to complete and our firm will be involved in every phase of the project to restore the region to its grandeur.

For additional project information or regular updates on the progress of the project, you may also visit the project public information website or the Facebook page.


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