DNR: No More Canisteo Outflow Project

Posted at: 12/13/2012 6:04 PM
Updated at: 12/13/2012 6:21 PM

On Thursday, Eyewitness News learned that the Minnesota DNR is no longer moving forward with the outflow project at the Canisteo pit in Bovey. The outflow project was meant to lower the water level in the pit.

The reason, the agency says, is because the bids came in too high. The project estimate was $1.8 million dollars, according to the DNR. And the bids came in from between $2.9-$4.3 million.

However, the minerals recovery company Magnetation is constantly drawing water out of the pit for their operations. The DNR said the company is currently pumping 2,000 gallons of water per minute, and is permitted for up to 3,000 gallons per minute.

This pumping is projected to lower the water in the pit to its desired level within 10 years, the DNR said in a letter. 

In fact, Magnetation President Matt Lehtinen said that it could happen even faster than that.

The DNR said the drain tile that was built in Bovey to keep residents' basements dry, is still working well.