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Published May 26, 2011, 03:20 PM

State Begins West-end Devils Lake Outlet Discharges

North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple said the state has begun operating the west-end outlet at Devils Lake. 150 cubic feet of water per second (cfs) started to be discharged Thursday.

By: WDAZ Staff Report,

North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple said the state has begun operating the west-end outlet at Devils Lake. 150 cubic feet of water per second (cfs) started to be discharged Thursday. That amount won't be increased until the Sheyenne River is capable of moving more water downstream, state officials said.

The outlet is capable of discharging water in the amount of 250 cfs.

“Moving water off Devils Lake is a step in the right direction,” Dalrymple said through a written release Thursday. “We want to work with all residents in the Devils Lake Basin to move forward on the state’s larger strategy which will lower the lake’s level over the long term.”

Officials are moving forward with plans to build an east-end outlet. In addition, the state is moving forward with plans to build a Tolna Coulee water control structure, despite the Devils Lake city commission having sent a letter to the state denying construction.

Devils Lake's Mayor Dick Johnson said he was concerned the structure would act as a dam on the coulee, rather than allowing water to flow through it to the Sheyenne River.

"We can't hold any more water back, so it's in the best interest of our community to reject that at this time," Johnson told KZZY Radio of Devils Lake.

The state also plans to expand the lake’s west-end outlet to increase its water discharge capacity from 250 cfs to 350 cfs.

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