Cut the drought short sailing season

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North Dakota has been affected by the drought in many ways, including boaters who are now affected by the dry conditions.

During the first eight months, the garrison dam experienced below normal runoff.

The US Army Corps of Engineers wants anyone with boats, craft, or docks to remove their boat from the Missouri River as it decreases the discharge.

“I drop a bit into the tank. As this fall approaches, we are reducing our outflows by 21,000 CFS, which is currently what we are releasing today. Up to 13,500 by mid-September, ”said David Beck, chief technical support officer for the Garrison project.

North Dakota Game and Fish says as water levels begin to drop, access to boat launches will become more complicated.

“Most boat launches, when first constructed, have enough water to safely launch boats when the water levels are full or nearly full. But with these lower water levels again, we descend to the lower end of the ramp. Some of them are completely exposed, ”explained Bob Frohlich, Game and Fish Fisheries Development Supervisor.

Frohlich says if boaters can get into the water, they can encounter other dangers that they usually wouldn’t.

“There are rocks, there are tree stumps, there are sunken islands, piles of stones. Different things they might not have had to deal with in the past, ”explained Frohlich.

Reduced discharges will be a transition phase and not all at once, giving people time to get their boats or craft out of the Missouri River.

Game and Fish says they have seen low water levels statewide, including Sakakawea Lake and Devils Lake.

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