After the flood of 1997, the Red River Basin Commission (RRBC) developed a long term plan to reduce peak flows and the volume of water in the basin area. The Roseau River Watershed District (RRWD) has used this information to identify locations in order to help with these problems. As a result, the Whitney Lake Sub-watershed in Northwest Minnesota was determined to be an area that would not only reduce peak flows in Caribou but would also address local flooding issues.
Agricultural lands in the area suffer frequent inundation from even minor events in the spring and summer causing damage and/or crop loss. The goal of the plan is to identify problem areas, define strategic solutions, and provide planning guidance for construction of proposed projects.
To start this process, the RRWD held three landowner meetings to determine flood problem areas, define possible solutions, and to inform those affected. A project team made up of stakeholders including landowners, federal, tribal, state, and local government representatives, RRWD staff, and RRWD board members have identified four strategic solutions; drainage, protection, retention, and diversion.
Whitney Lake Kick off Exhibits - March 16, 2017 - Click here for the presentation