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Published September 21, 2010, 09:13 AM

Conrad Backs East End Control for Devils Lake

North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad and some state legislators say a water control structure is needed at Devils Lake's east end to regulate possible lake flows into the Sheyenne River.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad and some state legislators say a water control structure is needed at Devils Lake's east end to regulate possible lake flows 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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