Wednesday, August 23, 2017
It's So Dry That...
We finally had a measurable rain event, our first since sometime in May. We got 0.25" of rain which soaked into the top 0.125" of topsoil and evaporated away the next day. We are now almost 11" short of rain this year and including our extremely dry fall and winter last year, over 20" short since the start of 2016. It's hard to imagine that we are nearly two feet short of water but then when you look at the river, it really isn't so hard. This same river has been high for the last three years, so high that a six month project to fix one of the bridges in this photo turned into a three year project. They finally finished it this year now that the river is low enough to finish but they haven't removed all their piles of rock left in the middle of the stream under the bridge.
I'm not a big fisherman, though I do love to fish now and then, to know what these dehydrated fish are lying here in the dirt about fifteen feet above current water levels. They do look like prehistoric beasts.
Now that the river almost doesn't exist anymore but in puddles, one can see all kinds of debris in the river bed from an old skateboard in the lower part of the picture to a pile of steel cables in the upper part of the picture. Someone should clean those up but since this is right below a hydroelectric dam that could potentially flood this area in seconds, it won't be me.