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Published November 23, 2010, 04:10 PM

Conrad, Dorgan Say EPA Approval Not Needed For Devils Lake

North Dakota Sens. Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan say a ruling by the Obama administration should allow for more water to be released from Devils Lake.

By: Associated Press,

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Sens. Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan say a ruling by the Obama administration should allow for more water to be released from Devils Lake.

The state had been waiting for approval from the Environmental Protection Agency for a change in water quality standards on the Sheyenne and Red rivers, where excess lake water would drain. The North Dakota senators say the White House reviewed the issue and decided the changes could be made without EPA approval.

Devils Lake has nearly quadrupled in size since 1993 because of a series of wet years. It has flooded land and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

The lake has a manmade outlet to drain floodwaters, but Devils Lake officials are hoping to build additional outlets.

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