Results of the Drawdown hearing  

We had a great turnout for the drawdown hearing March 28th, More than 150 people showed up to learn the latest information and ask pertinent questions about the process, funding, plant growth and fish concerns, among several others. A summary of the most common questions and concerns can be found on the drawdown website Video clips from the meeting are available here on the Little Rock Lake Association Facebook Page.The cooperative project with Benton County Soil, Water and Conservation district (SWCD), Little Rock Lake Association, Eagle Creek Energy and MNDNR has been described in the news several times and will take place August 1-September 15 - 2018. Please feel free to contact Eric Altena using the information below if you have further questions. 

Eric AltenaMNDNR Area Fisheries Manager Little Falls 


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 There will be no December 2017 Board of Director or Membership meeting due to the holiday

 The Board of Directors and the Membership Meetings are cancelled for December 2017. Updates will be put in the December newsletter.

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 Oct 2017 Newsletter

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Little Rock Lake Community 2018 Drawdown Information Sessions 

Come and Learn about the proposed Little Rock Lake 2018 drawdown and have your questions answered by the experts. The LRLA will be hosting two informational sessions on Friday, August 11th, 7pm, and Wednesday, September 27th, 7pm, both sessions will be held at the Watab Township Hall.   The DNR, LRLA, Eagle Creek Renewable Energy and Benton County Soil and Water will be on hand to present and answer your questions.  Join us for coffee, conversation and let's talk about what is on your mind and what questions you might have.

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Join Us For the Annual Community Picnic Saturday August 12th 

The annual Picnic will be at the Benton County Pavilion again. Each member will receive 2 tickets for lunch and non-members will be charged $5 for their lunch. Children under 4 will be free. Members will receive their tickets day of the picnic so you don’t have to worry about losing them! Those who that renew their membership at the picnic will get a LRLA Can Cooler (As long as supplies last) and the lunch tickets.

Lunch served from 11:30am - 1pm

Draw down LRLA strategy and Draw down update and update 1:00pm - 1:45pm

Annual meeting 1:45pm -2:15pm  

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2018 Drawdown

Little Rock Lake-Sartell Pool Drawdown Project Information

A proposal to consider a summer drawdown at Sartell Dam 2018 

Original Article

Recent meetings with Eagle Creek Energy suggested we may need to consider some alternatives to a system-wide longer term drawdown. Maintenance requirements, loss of significant revenue and complexities with FERC licensing made it worthwhile looking at other options. One of which may be operation of the dam at a lower level (IE 2ft below full pool instead of 3ft). Another potential option may be a temporary coffer that would isolate the lake using water inflatable tube dam. Several manufacturers make the products. A potential option may include the use of a temporary dam and pumping after a short (4-5 day) drawdown for a longer term drawdown, within Little Rock Lake and the channel area. In either case, options are available and funding can be acquired to make the project happen. We will be working closely with Little Rock Lake Association and Benton SWCD to put a grant proposal in for the project timeline of Summer 2018. 

Letter and Fact sheet sent to area residents 

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