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** IMPROVEMENTS/UPDATES IN PROGRESS **
Position 5 Flood Control
Prevent flooding while providing more open water.
(See the water depth tab for pictures of 2003 water level and DNR directives, and the historic battle over water level in 1945.)
1. Outlet controls
Bass Lake and Twin Lakes now lack controls to maintain water levels during periods of low precipitation. Stable water levels would protect plant and wildlife communities, improve aesthetic qualities of the water body, and may reduce odor-producing growth.
Example: Curtiss Pond Improvement Project, Falcon Heights 2014
Features: Forecast – based control system, OptiRTC. The system monitors National Weather Service data, and adjusts outlet control to accommodate rainstorm inflows.
Engineers: Houston Engineering, Inc., Maple Grove, MN
Below are pictures of Richfield Lake water level control (weir).
Below right is the Bass Lake control.