More outflow increases are taking place on the Winnipeg River, as crews attempt to lower water levels in the area. An outflow increase from Rainy Lake took place yesterday, and another outflow increase is planned for this morning.

The Lake of the Woods Control Board’s short-term goal is to lower the lake level in advance of freezing temperatures, then reduce outflow so that river levels also decline before ice begins to form. They say that this approach is taken to reduce the potential for ice to damage shoreline structures when ice forms at higher water levels. 

The board’s long-term goal is to reduce outflow from the Lake of the Woods weekly, to reach a normal winter outflow before the end of December.

There were seven outflow increases from the Lake of the Woods into the Winnipeg River last month, as levels increased by 46 inches following higher than average rainfall in the Lake of the Woods area.

For more information:
Winnipeg River water levels increase

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