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Published March 30, 2011, 09:21 PM

More Downstream Support for East-End Devils Lake Outlet

Plans for an east-end outlet to take water off of Devils Lake picked up more downstream support Wednesday. At a meeting in Valley City, the Barnes County Water District said it would support the current east-end outlet plan

Plans for an east-end outlet to take water off of Devils Lake picked up more downstream support Wednesday.

At a meeting in Valley City, the Barnes County Water District said it would support the current east-end outlet plan, and the accompanying plan for a control structure on the Tolna Coulee.

There were some objections from Barnes County Commissioners, but State Engineer Todd Sando says every effort is being made to take water off the flooded lake, into the Sheyenne River, without harming downstream interests.

"We have lots of concerns, not only in the Devils Lake region, but the entire Sheyenne River and up the Red River. It's a pretty important discussion today," said Sando.

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