Category: Water Resources

Sheyenne River Diversion | Providing Protection Since 1992

The Sheyenne River meanders through deep ravines in Eastern North Dakota before spilling onto the flat lake bottom of ancient Lake Agassiz where the relatively flat topography is susceptible to overland flooding. The cities of West Fargo and Horace are protected by permanent flood protection in the form of a diversion that conveys Sheyenne River … Read More

Maple River Dam | Damage is Being Avoided Every Minute

Spring waters are receding after reminding us of all the potential for catastrophic flooding. Some areas were impacted more than others, but for the most part, projects built years ago are now paying off. For the first time since completion, several water mitigation projects are now being tested, with great success. “We’re definitely seeing the … Read More

Flood Protection Project Alleviates Burden on Residences, Local Businesses

Residents of Lisbon, N.D., have been abuzz with anticipation lately about some encouraging changes on the horizon. As of November 16, a number of Lisbon residences and businesses that have always been considered within the floodplain will no longer be federally required to carry flood insurance. This is all thanks to a comprehensive levee project … Read More

Stormwater, Ecosystems & You, Part 4: Groundwater and the Rural Landscape

This is the fourth installment in a series of articles highlighting stormwater runoff, its effect on ecosystems and how engineering and regulations mitigate its impacts. This installment addresses groundwater and the effects of stormwater runoff in a rural landscape. So far in this series we have talked about stormwater runoff issues as they directly pertain … Read More

Stormwater, Ecosystems & You, Part 3: MS4 Compliance

This is the third installment in a series of articles highlighting stormwater runoff, its effect on ecosystems and how engineering and regulations mitigate its impacts. This installment explores the role of MS4s in cities’ stormwater management strategies and how MS4 regulations affect infrastructure projects and city planning. A municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) is … Read More

Stormwater, Ecosystems & You, Part 2: Urban Development

This is the second installment in a series of articles highlighting stormwater runoff, its effect on ecosystems and how engineering and regulations mitigate its impacts. This installment examines the various effects of urban development on stormwater flow. As communities develop outward from their urban centers, some of the impacts are obvious – natural surfaces become … Read More

Stormwater, Ecosystems & You, Part 1: Overview

The following is the first in a series of articles highlighting stormwater runoff, its effect on ecosystems and how engineering and regulations mitigate its impacts. The science behind how stormwater runoff originates is just how it sounds: when it rains (or snow melts), the water begins to flow across the land surface or builds up … Read More

E-Week Spotlight: Yaping Chi, PE

Yaping Chi is a Professional Civil Engineer with the Water Resources team based out of the West Fargo Sheyenne Plaza office. She has 8 years of Engineering experience and works on a variety of projects involving floodplain management, stormwater modeling, legal drain design, and hydrologic and hydraulic modeling. These project owners primarily consist of cities, … Read More