As usual in the Red River Valley this time of year, there is a lot of talk about the potential for spring flooding. There’s much discussion about the forecast accuracy and the area’s preparations for flooding.
We look forward to continuing the history of successful projects into the next decade and beyond, and we are eager to see the additional land, property and environmental protections in place because of these efforts.
A flood-control impoundment southeast of here has proven to have a benefit water managers never anticipated. The four-square mile Agassiz Valley Water Resource Management Project also has become a haven for birds — and the people who watch them.
In other words, if the Tolna Coulee has eroded down to an elevation of 1,446 feet above mean sea level by then, all of the water in Devils Lake above that elevation will forever flow through the coulee and into the Sheyenne River.
The country needs policies that don’t rely on government to protect people from all floods, but instead acknowledge that some areas are likely to flood — and if people choose to build there, they should do so entirely at their own risk.
The Devils Lake City Commission remains on record as opposing the control structure, unless the state makes a commitment to remove more water from the flooded Devils Lake than the state is proposing in its existing operating plan.
“We need to have water taken off the lake. They go hand in hand,” City Commissioner Rick Morse said.
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