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Corps of Engineers increases flow from Lac Qui Parle Dam

Published Oct. 9, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, increases outflow from the Lac Qui Parle Dam, near Watson, Minnesota, today.

With more than five inches of rain in September and an additional two or more inches already in October, last week, the Corps increased outflow to 4,000 cubic feet per second, or cfs. Additional rain the past week have resulted in increased inflows, necessitating the need to increase discharges again, first to 5,000 cfs this morning and gradually increasing to 5,500 cfs later today.

Each day, the Corps will re-evaluate basin conditions, including adjusting for any additional rainfall.

The pool is currently at an elevation near 941 feet NGVD.

The nearly 600 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 St. Paul District Fiscal Year 2016 $78 million budget, nearly 1,250 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $120 million to the national economy. For more information, see


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Release no. 17-072