Roseau Lake Bottom
Description / Location:
The Lake Bottom area is located innorthwestern Minnesota near the Canadian Border. The stated purpose of the project is wildlife enhancement and flood control.
The Lake Bottom has provided many years of flood control benefits to the area, but over the years it has become evident that having the ability to control the timing of when the Roseau River floods the Lake Bottom would be beneficial. The Lake Bottom area currently floods with “early water”, which diminishes or eliminates the available flood storage when the flood peak of the Roseau River moves through the area.
This is a multi-purpose project intended to accomplish the following:
- improve water level management in the Lake Bottom Unit for vegetation management;
- control pool bounce to improve nesting success;
- provide more efficient flood storage and improve the timing of 60,000 A-F of flood storage in the Roseau River Wildlife Management Area – Lake Bottom Unit;
- provide flood damage reduction downstream at Caribou by decreasing peak flows at Caribou;
- manage storage and flow release in beneficial consideration of Red River peak flows;
- provide flood damage reduction in agricultural areas upstream and south of the Big Swamp along the Roseau River in Moose, Soler, Dieter, and Pohlitz Townships.
Stream flow augmentation, improved dissolved oxygen levels, enhanced fish habitat, and improved water level management.
Reduction in riverbank erosion and bank sloughing on the Roseau River.
Red River Watershed Management Board and State of Minnesota Flood Damage Reduction Program