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Published September 20, 2010, 04:27 PM

Sen. Conrad Backs Dam at East End of Devils Lake

North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad and some state legislators are supporting a dam at Devils Lake's east end to prevent an uncontrolled water flow into the Sheyenne River.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad and some state legislators are supporting a dam at Devils Lake's east end to prevent an uncontrolled water flow into the Sheyenne River.

A North Dakota legislative committee on Monday endorsed a bill to set aside $5 million for the project. The Legislature will consider it next year.

Devils Lake's level is now above 1,451 feet. If it goes above 1,458 feet, salty lake water will begin spilling from the lake's east end into the Sheyenne River.

Conrad and Ramsey County Commissioner Joe Belford told the committee that an uncontrolled flow would be a disaster. The legislation authorizes the building of a structure to control the flow. The project's details still have to be worked out.

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