The International Joint Commission will take a different approach to managing levels on Rainy and Namakan Lakes this year.
It will adopt a supplemental rule curve which gives some flexibility in dealing with potential flooding conditions.
This includes an earlier drop in water levels during the fall season.
It was a recommendation of an advisory committee which spent several months reviewing the existing rule curves which sets optimum maximum and minimum levels of the two lakes.
International Joint Commission's Rich Moy says a local committee will help make the decisions as to when the practice needs to be put in place.
Moy says the plan is to adopt the new rule curve in August unless conditions warrant an earlier implementation this spring.