Hoeven: Army Corps FY2020 Work Plan Provides $100 Million in Construction Funding for Permanent Flood Construction in Fargo-Moorhead Region

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 work plan includes $100 million for construction of flood protection in the Fargo-Moorhead region, fully funding the project’s construction capacity for the year. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Energy and Water Development, Hoeven provided increased funding for the Corps’ construction account enabling the project to be funded in the Corps’ work plan. 

“This $100 million in funding will help us to advance construction of permanent flood protection for the Red River Valley and maintain the construction schedule for the project,” said Hoeven. “As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, we worked to provide funding in the Corps’ construction account to ensure that the permanent flood protection project in the Red River Valley would be funded in the Corps’ work plan.”

Today’s funding comes as a direct result of the senator’s work to secure increased construction funding for the Corps in the FY2020 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill. Hoeven secured:

  • $320 million in funding above the President’s request for construction of flood control projects. This increase enabled the Corps to provide $100 million in its work plan for comprehensive flood protection for the Fargo-Moorhead region.

In November, Hoeven hosted Assistant Secretary of the Army (ASA) for Civil Works R.D. James, who oversees the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in North Dakota to give him firsthand knowledge of the project and to help secure funding for the project in the Army Corps’ work plan. This $100 million in federal funding will help to fulfill the federal government’s increased funding commitment, which Hoeven helped secure under the new Project Partnership Agreement (PPA).

Hoeven’s previous efforts to advance comprehensive flood protection in the Red River Valley include project authorization, new construction start, the new PPA and other milestones.