mudpack wrote:We've been getting good rain here, but except for that 5" night several weeks ago, it's all been in small amounts every couple of days. While this is great for the corn/beans....since it allows the rainwater to soak in rather than run off....it is not so good for the Bottoms or the river (which has no flow at the GB bridge and no water whatsoever at the Radium bridge just west of town). To provide the necessary water for the Bottoms, we need heavy downpour so the rain is mostly runoff into the low areas....not a slow, soaking rain pattern.
From what I see, if we continue to get this "soaking" pattern, we'll be okay; it should maintain enough water in the Bottoms to provide for the birds. But, if the rain stops now, the summer's heat/wind will evaporate the Bottoms quickly....and thken we'd need another heavy downpour (like last year) to put enough water in the Bottoms to be useful.
It's too far from duck season to be comfortable; we could easily still be nothing but mudflats by Sept/Oct. But, I'm ever optimistic, and I think we'll be okay.
I'm hoping so. I've got a big waterfowler's garage sale scheduled for August 16 at the Great Bend Visitor Center, and a dry Cheyenne Bottoms will hurt enthusiasm.
all depends on how it is managed too, that 5" of rain almost filled pool five 30+ inches. They have diverted almost half of that to the refuge. they are continuing to take water from 3-4-5 and put in the refuge pools. you are right though both the ark and walnut are dry, we need some better rain falls to get the inflow going.
how is their trenching efforts going? opening up the inflow canal?