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The purpose of this paper is to explore how the water pollution resulting from the Devil’s lake flooding has caused tension or conflicts within and between states with the understanding that such environmental issue has drawn a lot of controversies within the global world. Devil’s Lake is a closed-basis with no outlets or inlets. This has practically made it difficult for the water level in the lake to be regulated. The worse situation that has occurred at Devil’s Lake is the inability for its levels to be reduced whenever there is excess rainfall or cold weather. As such, its catchment area has increased with more than 27 feet since 1993 thereby resulting to flooding that has left a region of about 150, 000 acres divested not only in terms of flooding, but also destroyed the geography and the human habitation of the place. With such condition, it is obvious that those displaced and affected as a result of flooding water pollution of the Devil’s lake are ever on the neck of the government to resolve the issue. This is not only within the US and Canada, but also between the two States (Leistritz, Leitch and Bangsund, 2002). One negative impact that has resulted from the Devil’s Lake flooding is the destruction of the drainage system in the various cities which are located within the 150, 000 acres of land where the flooding has taken hostage. In most cases, when major flooding such as the one being experienced at Devil’s Lake occurs, it destroys the drainage system of the region. The aftermath resulting from destroyed drainage include water pollution as a result of spilling of raw sewage out into other water bodies. This issue has not only caused tension within the US, but also created tension between US and Canada. For instance, Minnesota has in the past placed the federal government into task over the quality of water that should be used under the Clean Water Act and the Boundary Waters Treaty Act of 1909 (Arnold, 1997). Such controversies show that the destruction of water drainage resulting from the Devil’s flooding had caused tension both within and between the above states because of the fear of water pollution; this prompted the need for a clear line to be drawn on the allowable water usage.
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