Lake Tschida Visit with Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan Lopez

September 01 2015 09:30 aaa

On Tuesday, Senator Hoeven will host Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan Lopez at Lake Tschida to meet with cabin owners from around the lake. Hoeven invited Lopez, who was confirmed as commissioner in December, to the state to hear directly from the owners about their concerns about bureau policy and to facilitate a compromise that will work for both owners and the bureau.

In 2009, the lake level reached its highest point in 50 years, prompting the bureau to mandate that all trailers in the flood pool must be moved by 2010. After urging from the congressional delegation, the bureau agreed to let residents stay until 2021. However, during the more than 50-year history of the lake, cabin owners have made improvements to the lots with the bureau's permission, representing a significant investment that cannot be recovered.

During Tuesday's meeting, Hoeven will seek a discussion between residents and the bureau to try and seek a compromise that satisfies the bureau without forcing residents to tear out the improvements they have made to their properties.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Discussion with Commissioner Lopez: 9:30 a.m. CT

Driving tour around the Lake: 10:30 a.m. CT

WHERE: 5680 Highway 49