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In the fall of 2019, the Lake Shamineau Lake Improvement District (LSLID) was beginning to assemble an of 2019 inflow committee, and the LSLID board felt, given the emergency situation on the lake, it was better to start the process as soon as possible rather than wait for the spring thaw. Bob Koll began contacting individuals who were interested in being part of this committee based upon emails received and comment cards from the LSLID annual meeting. During the initial communications, a majority felt that instead of being a LSLID committee, they would organize what is now called the Lake Shamineau Emergency Task Force (LSETF). The initial meetings were attended by individuals from the LSLID, Lake Shamineau Association (LSA) and Options for High Water (OHW).

During these initial meetings, some of the LSA members were going to report back to their board and see if they could free up some monies to assist in this important effort. However, the budget had already been approved by the LID members at the annual meeting and did not include funds for inflow and outflow.

The LSETF originally attempted to begin a temporary pumping project and the LSLID board began meeting with property owners. As the cold weather set in, it became apparent that temporary pumping would be difficult to get started in the frigid temperatures and the LSETF would instead begin analyzing the inflow and outflows and focus on those areas, with hopes of beginning a temporary pumping project in the spring time that might be utilized until the permanent LSLID outlet control structure could be constructed.

Many agencies have been involved and helping with this high-water situation.  They include Scandia Valley Township, Morrison County Public Works, Minnesota DNR, Morrison County Administrator, Soil and Water of Morrison County, Soil and Water of Todd County, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Minnesota Department of Transportation, and many private property owners in the impact areas. They have put their heads together to look at the watershed areas that help dissipate the water away from Lake Shamineau. This effort also has been the main topic of the Emergency Task Force group. The goal is to restore the flowage areas that have been impacted by humans and beaver activity in the last 40 years.  By cleaning and restoring these drainage areas the water will flow away from Shamineau, instead of into Shamineau.

In their analysis, the LSETF has divided the wetlands south of Lake Shamineau into three separate drainage areas that help dissipate the water away from the lake. The identified areas make it easier for discussion purposes and identifying features unique to each direction of water flowage.