El Zagal Flood Control Project
Phase 1 Bid opening: Sept. 10, 2014
Phase 1 Completion date: June 1, 2015
Phase 2: 2015
The City of Fargo, with assistance from Moore Engineering, has been developing a flood risk management project around the El Zagal golf course to reduce the reliance on temporary protection measures during an emergency flood fight.
When the Red River reaches an approximate stage of 35’, river water overtops the existing embankment on the eastern side of the golf course and floods the bowl. Once this occurs emergency flood fighting activities commence as required around the bowl and protection is constructed to an elevation greater than the projected river crest elevation. In 2009 the City constructed temporary earthen levees along 14th & 15th Avenues North and installed sandbags along the western edge of El Zagal golf course. In 2011 a combination of Aqua Fence, Hesco barriers, sandbags and earthen levees were installed around the bowl to protect Fargo from rising floodwaters.
The first phase of the El Zagal Flood Risk Management Project will commence with an earthen levee located north of 14th Avenue & west of the El Zagal golf course club house and will continue around the golf course and will tie into the existing concrete floodwall along 15th Avenue North constructed in 2009 as part of the Ridgewood Flood Control Project. The earthen levee will be constructed to provide protection to a river elevation of 39.5’ + 4’ of freeboard. The existing floodwall is built to a river elevation of approximately 45’.
The second phase of the El Zagal Flood Risk Management Project is slated for construction in 2015. Phase 2 will begin at the same location where phase 1 began and will include the following:
- Acquisition & removal of 6 residential properties located along 14th Avenue North & Elm Street North
- Constructing an earthen levee along 14th Avenue North & Elm Street
- Constructing a removable closure structure across Elm Street near the entrance to Trefoil Park similar to the removable closure structure located on Elm Street at 15th Avenue North
- Constructing a new sanitary sewer lift station at the corner of Oak Street & 14th Avenue North
The first phase of the project will be bid on Aug. 13, 2014 with construction slated to begin in early September. It is anticipated that phase 1 will be completed in June of 2015. Phase 2 will be bid in 2015 with construction completed by the end of the 2015 construction season.
The Fargo Park District will be coordinating a full redesign of the El Zagal golf course on a separate project led by the Park District. The golf course will be closed in the fall of 2014 and will remain closed for the entire 2015 season to allow for vegetation establishment.
A neighborhood meeting for property owners affected by work associated with Phase 2 was held on June 12, 2014 to discuss the project. A powerpoint & PDF version of the presentation given at the meeting is located on the right hand side of this page. A larger public meeting for residents living adjacent to the project area will be held in July. Residents will be notified by mail when the date, time & location of the public meeting have been selected.