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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Outlet committee tours East End Outlet, Tolna Coulee Control Structure

  • Members of the Governor’s Devils Lake Outlet Committee got a first-hand look at the East End Outlet and the Tolna Coulee Control Structure Thursday morning as they toured all three sites and visited with on-site officials and construction workers.

     


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  • Members of the Governor’s Devils Lake Outlet Committee got a first-hand look at the East End Outlet and the Tolna Coulee Control Structure Thursday morning as they toured all three sites and visited with on-site officials and construction workers.
    At the East End Outlet they toured both the intake site, with its massive pumps and the outflow site with its huge concrete structure designed to slow the velocity of the water in the pipeline down to inhibit erosion as it flows out into the Tolna Coulee.
    According to Mike Grafsgaard, Devils Lake City engineer, the mild winter and dry spring have helped the construction crews accomplish the impossible, building all this in a few months, what normally would have taken more than a year to complete.
    The East Devils Lake Outlet will be operational within a month or so, according to workers at the site, if all continues to go well. Construction workers are back filling the area around the five massive pumps that will bring Devils Lake water to the Tolna Coulee in a five-mile pipeline.
    A short ways down dusty township roads, badly damaged by heavy truck traffic during the construction phase, is the Tolna Coulee Control Structure, also slated to be ready to go within a week or two.
    For some of the members of the Devils Lake Outlet Advisory Committee Thursday was their first visit to the three sites. They will be meeting soon with the whole committee which includes members from downstream in North Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba.
    Thursday’s tour helped prepare the local members of the committee for the meeting with the governor and officials as the sites prepare to be tested and to go on line in the near future.
    For photo galleries from each of the three stops made on this tour go to "Photos" on this website.
     
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