To provide room for spring runoff and reduce flooding danger, Gull and Cross lakes will be drawn down by March 1, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced.
Gull Lake will be drawn down to from its normal summer elevation of 1,193.87 feet to 1,193.30 feet, providing 7,400 acre-feet of additional water storage. Cross Lake will be drawn down from its normal summer elevation of 1,229.32 feet to 1,228 feet, providing 18,000 acre-feet of additional storage.
Other lakes in the Mississippi headwaters region that are scheduled to be drawn down are Sandy, Pokegama, Leech and Winnibigoshish.
Said Corps biologist Jodi Kormanik: "Regulating the reservoirs is a balancing act between providing enough flood control storage versus having enough potential spring runoff to fill the reservoirs back to their normal summer levels by the fishing opener in May. This is of particular concern on Winnibigoshish and Leech."
All six lakes are being drawn down less than normal this year because snowfall has had moderate levels of moisture.
The Corps will continue to monitor the snowfall could release more water at a later date.
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