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Douglas Residents Discuss Pipeline

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The ongoing issue of flooding at Rice Lake was taken up at a meeting in Douglas today.

The idea to install a pipeline from Rice Lake to pump 6 and a half billion gallons of water into the Douglas Aquifer arose in spring of 2011 after the Mouse River Flood.

Measures haven't been taken to move forward with the project, but there have been concerns from Douglas residents that this pipeline may affect their area with flooding, damage to their sewer systems, and other issues.

Today's meeting discussed possible alternative routes.

(Ron Kramer, Spokesman, Douglas Aquifer) "We're suggesting raising property levels, for cabins that have potential to be raised. Some properties up there, that's just not a possibility, so we suggest buyouts in those situations. There are several of those. And another issue that we think they should do is impose a moratorium, so that no new construction can be performed below the natural outlet of Rice Lake."

Kramer says they took these proposals to the Rice Lake board last June, and have not yet received word back.

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