All of those living along the Sheyenne will be placed in more flooding danger as a result of such an action, and all of the downstream effects should be studied and determined before any action to do this is taken.
Now that the Stump Lake gravity outlet proposal essentially has been scrapped, some Devils Lake Basin officials want to find out what it would take to obtain a drain permit to use the recently completed Tolna Coulee Control Structure as a gravity-flow outlet for the flooded Devils Lake Basin.
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 North Dakota state engineer has affirmed the state’s permit to operate the new Devils Lake East End Outlet. Todd Sando, in a memo to the State Water Commission, said the state has met or will meet all requirements in the operation of the new outlet, which will drain a maximum of 350 cubic feet of water per second from East Devils Lake.
Crews spent the past week erecting giant utility poles along county and township roads to provide electricity to two massive construction projects under way in the Devils Lake Basin — the $80 million to $90 million East Devils Lake Outlet and the $9 million Tolna Coulee Control Structure.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the North Dakota State Water Commission should delay operation this spring of the Devils Lake East End outlet until they more thoroughly examine erosion issues, two Valley City, N.D., groups said recently.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public input on its proposed operating plan for the Tolna Coulee Advance Measures control structure being built in Nelson County, N.D. The document will be used by the project’s non-federal sponsor, the North Dakota State Water Commission, to operate the structure.
I hope the candidates running in this next election will pledge to do more than help the people downstream. I hope they’ll help the people of the Devils Lake Basin by compensating landowners for the loss of land.
Project designed to alleviate downstream flooding The Devils Lake City Commission’s unanimous vote reverses the city’s opposition to a control structure, which city leaders have called a dam that would provide relief to people downstream but would further exacerbate flooding problems in the Upper Devils Lake Basin.
Boaters on West Stump Lake might catch a glimpse of a yellow buoy bobbing in the middle of the lake over the next few months. It’s part of a $3 million project, funded by a NASA grant, to study the water quality of Devils Lake, particularly as more water is removed from the flooded basin and sent downstream to the Sheyenne and Red River valleys, according to Xiaodong Zhang, project co-leader and an associate professor at UND’s Department of Earth System Science and Policy.
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