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Published December 23, 2010, 05:38 PM

Some DL Officials Not Happy with Task Force Report

After a little more than three months, an Interagency Task Force from Washington has released its recommendations on combating Devils Lake flooding. Ramsey County Commissioner, Joe Belford, describes the 41-page report as something of a disappointment.

After a little more than three months, an Inter-Agency Task Force from Washington has released its recommendations on combating Devils Lake flooding.

Ramsey County Commissioner, Joe Belford, describes the 41-page report as something of a disappointment.

He says there isn't much in the report that people in the Lake Region aren't already aware of.

The report discusses little of an east-end outlet and more about storage in the upper basin.

Belford says there is no room in the basin for the storage.

He thought there would be more about the EPA standards, but much of that was left out also.

A news release from North Dakota's Congressional delegation calls it a strong start in defining the federal government's role and commitment to a working partnership with state and local government.

But Belford is feeling a little let down.

"Other than that, there was not a whole lot of stuff in there that was of good strong substance that was going to give us relief as far as I was concerned," Belford said.

He says it's a good thing the Lake Region took some matters into their own hands.

Contractors who would build the east-end outlet were interviewed last week.

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