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Published September 20, 2010, 09:46 PM

Not as Much Water to Come off Devils Lake as Some Think

Last Friday the EPA agreed to permanently adjust the water quality standard on the upper Sheyenne River. It's being called good news for the Lake Region, but is it?

The sulfate standard has been changed from 450 milligrams per liter to 750.

And although the move should allow the outlet to run more frequently, only so much water can still be released because standards have not been relaxed below the Baldhill Dam.

"That will at the same time stop any further discharges or increase discharges because it won't be able to handle it until the standards are relaxed below Baldhill," Devils Lake Mayor Dick Johnson said.

The government has 60 days to approve and 90 days to reject the states request to raise the standard below the Baldhill dam to 750 milligrams per liter.