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Duluth News Tribune: Water managers take public comment after seven floods at Minnesota-Canada border

Posted Jul 27, 2016

The water levels on Minnesota's border lakes have been managed the same way for 15 years, and during seven of those the area has been hit with high water and floods.

This week, the International Joint Commission, the agency in charge of regulating lakes along the U.S.-Canadian border, is holding a series of public meetings to decide whether water levels should be managed differently.

The meetings are scattered across the area in Minnesota and Canada. According to Matt DeWolfe, co-chairman of the International Rule Curves Study Board, public meetings are part of a scheduled review of water level management.

The Namakan Chain of Lakes, Kabetogama and Rainy Lake are linked by three dams, two on the east end and a big hydroelectric dam to the west at International Falls that regulates water levels in the whole system.

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