Today Could Be The Beginning Of A Beautiful Relationship

Building a clay dike to protect downtown once the river is 6′ above flood stage is so 2009  Come to the Fargo Commission room 8:30 – 9:30 Friday Dec 7th, to see and visit with 18 5th year landscape architect students as they display their concepts for connecting Downtown to the Riverfront.

These young talents are sharing their visions for creating a beautiful community space in the area east of the Civic Plaza where permanent flood protection will be built.

Revitalizing our city’s core is ongoing and many of the successful projects like Broadway’s redesign, new Main Ave bridge and riverfront area there were derived from community planning work in the 2002 Downtown Framework plan, 2003 Riverfront DevelopmentPlan, 2007 Framework Plan, and Fargo GO2030 that is ongoing to implement these plans.

These pictures below are just a few examples of why we need permanent flood protection.


We have to wait until the water rises 6′ above flood stage to even start to build this clay dike. In 2006 it was built twice.

I shot this from the top of the new main library in 2009.  The clay dike had to be fortified as it was close to failure.  We must do better

This is a large ground fault west of second street in the civic lot hat is getting worse over the years. Moving 2nd St and permanent flood protection a bit west away from the river gets to about 3′ higher ground, gives the river more capacity, and more stable ground.

This is a flood protection project in Napa, CA.  They don’t have the clay we do, so they built it close to the water

Here’s an example of another flood control project overlayed in our footprint. backing away from the river puts protection on higher ground, avoids slumping, and adds capacity.

From: Karena Carlson

Date: December 4, 2012 1:52:28 PM CST

To: Media Contacts
Subject: NDSU Students Reveal Vision for Fargo’s Downtown Riverfront 

CFLOGONews Release


            Contacts:  Commissioner Mike Williams, 793-3771, or NDSU landscape architecture Professor Mehran Madani,


NDSU Students Reveal Vision for Fargo’s Downtown Riverfront

 FARGO, N.D. (December 4, 2012) – Fargo City Commissioner Mike Williams would like to invite the public, as 5th year NDSU landscape architect students showcase their vision for the Fargo riverfront area and for downtown flood protection on Friday, Dec. 7, in the Commission Room at Fargo City Hall, 200 3rd St. N. The event will be broadcast live on TV Fargo 12 and online at

From 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., those in attendance will learn about downtown framework plans that have been the design basis for revitalizing Broadway, the Main Avenue Bridge, the Main Library and other projects. There will also be an opportunity to visit with the 18 students presenting at the event.

From 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., students will present their conceptual renderings to a panel of experts for their semester grade.

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