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Reservoir Dawg

Although a lot of people are dealing with water in their basements in Rochester,this could have been worse. Anybody who was around in 1978 would agree, half of Rochester was under water.

We all should thank those who had the foresight to create the flood control that we have in place today.

I hiked in to Chester Woods reservoir from the south,and the water was completly covering the cement structure that lets the water out of the lake.This is normally about 10 feet above the water.I also went to willow Creek and it was the same.Just think of how much water they are holding back.

Not only are these reservoirs a blast for recreation they are saving millions of dollers in flood damage

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    • Rick
      The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urges property owners in the southern part of the state to wait one month before removing evergreens that are showing stress after a harsh winter and late spring. Some will recover.  DNR forest health specialists have received reports of spruce, white cedar, and white pine that appeared to die suddenly in Fillmore, Houston, Freeborn, Goodhue, and Hennepin counties. In some cases, up to 90 percent of needles in the upper canopy of spruce trees have fallen off, while the bottom branches remained green. “In most instances, this extensive needle loss is the result of severe winter drying,” said Brian Schwingle, DNR forest health specialist. “Warm, windy days with low humidity in late April caused evergreen needles to lose moisture, and the frozen soil in the root zone prevented water from moving back into the needles to replace that moisture.” Recently planted evergreens and smaller trees were hardest hit. Schwingle recommends that people keep an eye on their evergreens and wait to see if they regain their canopy with new growth. Trees with 50 percent or more of their needle canopy remaining could recover. For more information, see hort.uwex.edu/articles/winter-burn. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • SkunkedAgain
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    • TheEyesofanAngler
      I’ve heard phenomenal things about the rivers, willhave to pull the kayak out and get on it. Thank you everyone for the feedback. I’ve checked out Clearwater, I really enjoyed it but lately it seems to tough for my 14ft boat to be stable out there on a windy day.  I’ve had success in Avon lately. 
    • TheEyesofanAngler
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    • MN BassFisher
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    • Rick
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    • crappieslapper
      Oh oh, sounds like work. Better than work in the office any day though. Thanks for getting back. Let you know how it goes this weekend.
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    • gimruis
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    • gimruis
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