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Published August 10, 2011, 05:23 PM

Devils Lake Board Approves 3rd Outlet

Despite concerns downstream in Valley City, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple is supporting plans for a gravity-fed outlet on Stump Lake. The Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource Board endorsed the plan Wednesday.

Despite concerns downstream in Valley City, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple is supporting plans for a gravity-fed outlet on Stump Lake.

The Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource Board endorsed the plan Wednesday.

After some discussion about concerns, the board decided to get plans going for they outlet because they didn't want to waste any more time.

Right now, the project is estimated to be completed by the spring of 2013 as long as it does not get held up in legal action.

Many people downstream, including those in Valley City, are opposed to the project because of water quality issues.

Dalrymple says it's time to get the lake back under control.

"We've got to get to the point where the people are in charge of the lake," Dalrymple said.

One of the concerns about the project was the elevation of the outlet.

Many people in the basin think the elevation should be lower, because at 1452 feet, the lake is still flooding many houses and farms.

Dalrymple is going to meet with people in Valley City on Thursday to discuss their concerns about the gravity-fed outlet on Stump Lake, which include water quality issues and flooding of the Sheyenne River.

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