Lake Minatare depth concerns unfounded

Lake Minatare will decline at its normal pace this summer despite a great irrigation need by farmers.

Pathfinder Irrigation District Assistant Manager Ralph Lind turned aside concerns that the lake might be drained, although he did point out this fall the lake will be taken down to within four to five feet of the outlet box for a dredging project. Lind says they want to clear everything out to make sure the intake valve critical for irrigation deliveries that was clogged this spring is clear.

Lind says what happened earlier this year had never happened before and water is flowing now. But they want to take preventative measures this fall to make sure it doesn't repeat itself.

Lind says the lake should not be any lower this winter than it was last year.

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