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Corps of Engineers announces start of drawdown for Homme Lake in northeast North Dakota

Published March 24, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, will start the late winter drawdown of Homme Lake, west of Park River, N.D., on Wednesday, March 26.

The pool is currently at elevation 1,077.5 feet and climbing. Starting March 26, water releases of approximately 60 cubic feet per second, or cfs, will be released from Homme Dam. The targeted drawdown elevation of 1,074.0 feet will be reached near the end of March.

Corps officials are encouraging caution to everyone near the river downstream of the dam during this time because of the increased river flows. Ice conditions will also deteriorate and become unsafe on the Park River.

The nearly 650 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


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