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#1 JD DANNELS OFFLINE  

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Posted October 10, 2013 - 12:12 PM

In my lifetime I have never seen so little water in the Des Moines River in Downtown Des Moines.

I'm sure the Corps of Engineers has to shutdown outlets at Sailorville Reservoir just north of Des Moines to allow ths maintenece.

But even that would be impossible in a normal year.

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Posted October 10, 2013 - 12:20 PM

Very interesting, at least the river will be deeper there if Y'all ever get any rain. Thanks for sharing!!


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Posted October 10, 2013 - 12:46 PM

That's a river? Wow. Hope you guys get some rain soon.

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Posted October 10, 2013 - 12:51 PM

I was a Corps of Engineer Officer for 27 years. I'm glad to see them doing it this way. Work in and on rivers at this time of year is usually less expensive because there are less diversion and environmental concerns. It says that it will be over soon. Is your land still experiencing drought? We are experiencing more rain than normal. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted October 10, 2013 - 01:16 PM

Wow.  Just a warning... that link seriously screwed with my computer.  I opened it, saw the picture, and tried to close it before it finished loading the video completely and it kept re-opening the page at least 20-30 times.


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Posted October 10, 2013 - 01:31 PM

Sorry to hear that! I had never known of a link to that news site causing that?



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Posted October 10, 2013 - 01:33 PM

I was a Corps of Engineer Officer for 27 years. I'm glad to see them doing it this way. Work in and on rivers at this time of year is usually less expensive because there are less diversion and environmental concerns. It says that it will be over soon. Is your land still experiencing drought? We are experiencing more rain than normal. Good Luck, Rick

Yes when the rains stopped early this summer we had got no rain untill the last couple weeks. We did get 2" last Saturday and Sunday.

But I still have cracks in the ground that have opened up 2-3"


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Posted October 10, 2013 - 01:36 PM

That's a river? Wow. Hope you guys get some rain soon.

Yes The Des Moines River Watershed is the largest interior watershed in the state. Sailorville(just north of Des Moines and Red Rock(about 30 miles South) Reservoirs (Corp managed) are the two largest in the state.  What I'm finding intersting is they are working on installing a Hydro/ Electric generating plant in the outlet ar Red Rock. That would be the first and only Hydro Plant in Iowa.


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Posted October 10, 2013 - 02:23 PM

That is amazing...

 

I've seen creeks do that, but never a river!!



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Posted October 10, 2013 - 07:02 PM

KCCI was hacked awhile back.  They had  hard time fixing they site.  At work we were told not to go to their site 

they still have problems from time to time


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Posted October 10, 2013 - 08:06 PM

you know this has been a strange yr weather wise. It took forever to get warm and wouldn't stop raining, then it got hot and never rained at all. I think we went 40 some days without any rain at all, and a couple of big spikes in the temps during that. We have had about 2" of rain now since mid sept. We picked corn down at the farm last week and we surprised to get almost 200bu to the acre. I don't see how it could have grow so good without water, but the scales tickets don't lie.



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Posted October 12, 2013 - 08:55 AM

you know this has been a strange yr weather wise. It took forever to get warm and wouldn't stop raining, then it got hot and never rained at all. I think we went 40 some days without any rain at all, and a couple of big spikes in the temps during that. We have had about 2" of rain now since mid sept. We picked corn down at the farm last week and we surprised to get almost 200bu to the acre. I don't see how it could have grow so good without water, but the scales tickets don't lie.

Thats the weird part of it Lauber. There are people reporting 40 bu to the acre and a couple miles away they are getting 200.
What little rain that did fall was patchy.




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