The St. Croix, and other rivers, are up because areas a little North of us received 8 to 10 inches of rain at the beginning of the week just ended, comparable to what Duluth and vicinity received back in June of 2012. It took a few days for the water to flow from tributaries to main stem river. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has a list of "Historic Mega-Rain Events in Minnesota." Almost twice as many have occurred since 1950 than between then and when Minnesota became a state. I don't know about you, but I think I see a very disturbing trend there. I can also find reasons for potential concerns about how the changes in rainfall intensity, frequency and seasonality(?) may affect aquatic, riparian and wetland flora and fauna. The rationale for these concerns is also supported by the fact that "runoff coefficients in some of the major river basins of Minnesota have increased significantly during the last 40 years."
|high Spring flows in the St. Croix River|
Photo by J. Harrington
The River.By Raymond Carver
I waded, deepening, into the dark water.
Evening, and the push
and swirl of the river as it closed
around my legs and held on.
Young grilse broke water.
Parr darted one way, smolt another.
Gravel turned under my boots as I edged out.
Watched by the furious eyes of king salmon.
Their immense heads turned slowly,
eyes burning with fury, as they hung
in the deep current.
They were there. I felt them there,
and my skin prickled. But
there was something else.
I braced with the wind on my neck.
Felt the hair rise
as something touched my boot.
Grew afraid at what I couldn't see.
Then of everything that filled my eyes—
that other shore heavy with branches,
the dark lip of the mountain range behind.
And this river that had suddenly
grown black and swift.
I drew breath and cast anyway.
Prayed nothing would strike.
Thanks for visiting. Come again when you can.
Please be kind to each other while you can.