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WDAY 970 AM and wire reports, Published September 20 2010

Devils Lake report postponed

FARGO — A federal working group says it needs more time to finish a report expected Monday on possible solutions to Devils Lake flooding.

The report's release was delayed when the Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday it was adjusting water quality standards on the upper Sheyenne River.

The state of North Dakota has also asked the EPA to relax the standards on the lower Sheyenne, the state's congressional delegation said.

A spokesman for North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad said a new release date for the report has not been set.

Devils Lake is at the bottom of a closed basin that has no natural river or stream outlet. The lake has nearly quadrupled in size since the early 1990s because of a series of wet years.

Officials have been contemplating moving the entire town of Minnewaukan, which at one point was eight miles from the lake. Last week, the delegation announced that the U.S. Education Department is providing a $6 million grant to move the Minnewaukan school away from the water.

"As we all know, the challenges we face in Devils Lake are very real," the delegation said in a statement. "They demand a timely and tangible response. The EPA decision and the funding for the relocation of the Minnewaukan school are a good start, but much more needs to be done."

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.