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Red River of the North Main Stem: Technical Information Report (with Special Emphasis on Agricultural Levees).
CORPS OF ENGINEERS ST PAUL MN ST PAUL DISTRICT
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In summer 1975, heavy rains in the southern part of the Red River basin prompted some Minnesota farmers to construct their own levees. These levees prevented flooding of thousands of acres of cropland. This success led to extensive agricultural levee construction by farmers on both sides of the river. Various Federal and State agencies expressed concern over the potential adverse impacts of uncontrolled levee construction. The Corps of Engineers analysis showed that continued levee construction would significantly increase flood stages and velocities, with adverse impacts possibly extending as far downstream as Canada. On the basis of this analysis, both North Dakota and Minnesota declared a moratorium on additional levee construction and began developing joint criteria to regulate agricultural levee construction.
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