Analysis of Operating Criteria: Multiple Lakes at Voyageurs National Park

by Marshall Flug, Natl Park Service, Fort Collins, United States,
Larry W. Kallemeyn, Natl Park Service, Fort Collins, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Management in the '90s: A Time for Innovation


An overview of lake and river regulation at Voyageurs National Park, which resides on the Minnesota-Ontario border, is given to demonstrate how water policy agreements can work. In 1905 the United States and Canada authorized private dams with turbines on the Rainy River. The International Joint Commission regulates these dams. The National Park Service is mandated to preserve the natural environment for future generations. State, private, and public sector interests are tourism, flood protection, the pulp and paper industry, native wild rice growth; etc. Rule curves for regulating reservoirs have changed and committee with broad representation is cooperating to better manage the waters of Namakan Reservoir and Rainy Lake.

Subject Headings: Lakes | Stadiums and sport facilities | Water policy | Rivers and streams | Dams | Reservoirs | Water supply | Water management | United States | Canada

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