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Two Des Moines river dams going to change

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Read in the local papers that the dams in Windom and Jackson are both in pretty sad shape. The dam in Windom has a big hole on the east side that is letting water bypass the dam. The DNR will not let the city repair the dam to it's original condition because the low head dam doesn't allow fish to travel upstream. looks like a couple of popular fishing spots are going to see some big changes in the next couple of years. Sounds like the most practicle solution for both cities is to remove the dams and replace them with a series of rock rapids and breaks.

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the dnr should pull their head out of wherever it is stuck! Maybe they will buy it and stick up a even more extravagant office for themselves!

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Low level dams, aka drowning dams, are horrible for the ecology of a river.

There are different options that both Jackson and Windom have been presented with. They will decide soon which option they are going to take.

The series of staged rock dams are actually better for the fishery.

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I couldn't agree more. My understanding is that the DNR did something similar on the Watonwan River in Madelia. The locals were very pleased with the results.

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