The pipe is open and is taking water from Jewett Lake to Long Lake to alleviate high water issues at Jewett Lake. The two lakes are north of Fergus Falls and southeast of Erhard.
“The plan is to leave the pipe open for one year and see if it negatively affects Long Lake,” says County Commissioner Wayne Johnson of Pelican Rapids who, for several years, has worked closely with property owner associations from both lakes.
The pipe takes water from Jewett Lake northward to Long Lake. After that, Reed Creek takes water westward to Reed Lake which, in turn, has an outlet taking water into the Pelican River close to Highway 59.
The Pelican River heads southward and converges into the Otter Tail River just west of Fergus Falls.
Johnson and lake association members from Jewett and Long lakes were scheduled to meet Sept. 2 for a progress report regarding the current water flow between the lakes.
“If, after one year, we see negative effects on Long Lake, we will reconsider a conditional use permit previously approved by the county board,” Johnson said.
That’s because high water issues have also affected Long Lake in prior years. In addition, there have been issues restricting water flow along Reed Creek, to the west.
Jewett Lake has no natural inlets or outlets and is spring fed with groundwater flowing into th e bottom of the lake.
In fall 1999, a pipe was placed to drain water from Jewett Lake into nearby Long Lake.
Jewett Lake is classified as a general development lake with more than 225 acres of water per mile of shoreline. Lake depth can exceed 15 feet in certain areas of the lake.
Long Lake is classified as a natural environmental Lake. The lake has four inlets and one outlet.