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Flood potential looks low

February 22, 2014

The latest flood potential outlook issued by the National Weather Service contains good news for areas along the Souris River, including Minot....

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Feb-22-14 8:30 AM

Why do the stream flow charts for the Mouse River at Foxholm show a number 1.00 cubic feet per second of discharge but at Bantry, after it passes through Minot, the Mouse River stream flow chart show a number 20 for the cubic feet per second of discharge. Does the 19 cubic feet per second of discharge that is the difference come from city lagoons being dumped into the River? I know there are several small streams and springs along the river but they don't contribute that much unless it's runoff.

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Feb-22-14 9:46 AM

EB: Springs seem to flow heavier in Feb. and there are many along the souris and des lacs. Could also be human error like 2011. Our low flood potential currently is a good match to our low preparednes 4 one.

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Feb-22-14 10:04 AM

Legend... I took the springs into consideration and it don't add up. Way back in the day, 30-40 years ago we used to wait for the springs to start running so we could spear fish. We even netted a few thousand when they would die off from the poor water quality. I even saw what botulism does to baby birds at the Clark Salyer NWR some years back, it was so disgusting they closed a major road that is needed to cross the federal property. It's just to much toxic sewage that passes under our noses before the flood waters get here to dilute them.

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Feb-22-14 10:10 AM

Some compensation is needed for the river bottom landowners who have lost their farms and lands because of the increased flooding that happens when the refuge backs up all the way to the Wintering Creek.

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