"Next Steps" for Devils LakeA new study on Devils Lake suggests buying out homes and farm buildings in two counties that were not threatened by floodwaters a year ago.
By: Associated Press, WDAZ
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) - A new study on Devils Lake suggests buying out homes and farm buildings in two counties that were not threatened by floodwaters a year ago.
Devils Lake is at the bottom of a closed basin that has no natural river or stream outlet. A wet cycle that began in the early 1990s has pushed the lake within 6 feet of its natural overflow, threatening downstream communities.
The report obtained by The Associated Press was completed by the state Water Commission, state Department of Emergency Services and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It also looks into questions about an overall plan for the area, increasing the amount of water let out of the lake and how to save the town of Minnewaukan.
The so-called Devils Lake Basin Technical Review Team is hoping the study will be considered next month when a federal task force makes its recommendations.