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Longterm solution?

August 4, 2013

Richard Betting, Valley City What are the reasons for the rise of Devils Lake over the past 20 years? That should be one of the questions asked in any discussion of Devils Lake water issues....

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FrankG

Aug-11-13 8:40 AM

Much of the Red River Valley flooding is self-inflicted by the use of drain tiles to move "excess" water from farm fields. Fargo's solution is to build a $2 BILLION diversion project to shift the problem downstream. Cutting farm subsidies to farms that drain wetlands might be a better solution.

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JackAaah

Aug-04-13 1:02 PM

Even though I feel I know it's our 'future' and the ONLY way to stop dependence on foreign oil, the blame is REALLY with ethanol. Not drainage. Ethanol takes massive amounts of water to produce in those ethanol plants. And with all that water taken out of the aquifers, and put into the air...well, you KNOW it is going to rain massive amounts. Take that along with irrigating the corn, and again, LOTS of moisture going into the air. And it all ends up in Devils Lake. But worth it...in order to produce the ethanol we need...

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