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Published September 13, 2011, 06:56 PM

Army Corps Opens Bids for Tolna Coulee Control Structure

DEVILS LAKE (WDAZ-TV) - The Army Corps of Engineers opened bids Tuesday for the control structure at the Tolna Coulee and the city of Devils Lake continues to fight the state water commission to re-gain control of the land the structure will be built on.

DEVILS LAKE (WDAZ-TV) - The Army Corps of Engineers opened bids Tuesday for the control structure at the Tolna Coulee and the city of Devils Lake continues to fight the state water commission to re-gain control of the land the structure will be built on.

Two bus loads of people were able to walk along the Tolna Coulee on Tuesday and see the piece of land that the city and state water commission are fighting over.

With thick vegetation all over, it can be difficult to tell that this piece of land is blocking Devils Lake from overflowing into the Sheyenne River.

Devils Lake City Engineer Mike Grafsgaard talked to the group about the Tolna Coulee and the proposed control structure that the state plans to build.

He also explained the city's position on the control structure and why the city is reluctant to give up the land.

"The idea is that we want to make sure that we're doing things to get water off the lake rather than putting measures in place that could potentially hold water in the lake," Grafsgaard said.

The Army Corps of Engineers wants work to begin this fall.

The city would prefer a gravity-fed outlet because it can run longer and there would be fewer maintenance problems, like the ones they are having at the west-end outlet, which has three of the four pumps broken right now.

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