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Corps of Engineers begins winter draw downs of reservoirs

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, started its annual winter draw down of eight of its Minnesota and North Dakota reservoirs recently. Lakes affected in our area include Gull, Crosslake, Leech and Winni.

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Mississippi Headwaters basin:

Gull Lake, near Brainerd, Minn., is currently releasing flows due to fall rains. The lake will be gradually drawn down during the fall, and the final elevation level will be determined by the winter snow water content.

Cross Lake, near Crosslake, Minn., started its draw down Oct. 1. The target elevation is 1,228.3 feet at the end of November. The final draw down level will be determined by the winter snow water content.

Leech Lake, near Federal Dam, Minn., began its draw down Oct. 1. The final level will be determined by the winter snow water content.

Winnibigoshish Lake, near Deer River, Minn., also began its draw down Oct. 1. The final level will be determined by the winter snow water content.

The nearly 700 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the Corps’ Fiscal Year 2011 $175 million budget, nearly 2,800 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $271 million to the national economy. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil.

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