April is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. She is a licensed professional engineer in ND and SD. April is a Certified Floodplain Manager and a member of the Association of State Floodplain Managers. In addition, April has experience in the fields of Water Resources, Transportation Engineering, and in local government administration and planning.
April E. Walker P.E., C.F.M. is a North Dakota native who graduated from Turtle Mountain Community High School. She went on to North Dakota State University and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. She currently resides in West Fargo ND and works as a private consultant. She began her career as a highway designer for the state of California but moved to Fargo in 2002 where she worked for the City of Fargo as a Traffic Engineer. In 2006 she became a registered Professional Engineer and was hired to serve as the City’s Storm Sewer Utility Engineer which put her at the forefront of a tumultuous time with regard to floodplain management, emergency flood fighting, flood risk reduction, and mitigation issues. The Red River experienced major flooding in all but one of her 6 years in this position, including the flood of record, which peaked at 22.8 feet above flood stage. In 2012 she became the City Engineer and her scope of responsibility grew. She managed a Capital improvement plan that expanded from a total investment of $40.8 Million in 2012 to a record breaking $263 Million in 2014. Following 2014 it consistently exceeded $100 Million per year. This increased investment in infrastructure helped the City address the needs of existing neighborhoods and expand the City. During her tenure April helped to develop and began the implementation of a flood protection plan that has resulted in the construction of 20 miles of permanent Levees and Floodwalls within the City. In her new role as a consultant April is seeking to bring the skills she has acquired to benefit a broader population. April also serves as an Adjunct Professor for NDSU, she is a member of the City of West Fargo’s Planning Commission and serves on the Board of Directors for the FM Area Foundation.