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Tails and Trails - Too much water?

 

April 12, 2018

Courtesy photo/Christopher Boyer

Flooding spreads on Musselshell and Flatwillow Creek in 2011. Musselshell gage readings approximately 22,400 cubic feet per second during flight. Flooding can be destructive to manmade structures, like in 2011 when the Mussellshell River overflowed its banks.

By Bruce Auchly

FWP Region 4 Information Officer

This year when winter ends, and yes someday it will, talk will turn from snowfall and ice depth to snowmelt, runoff and flooding.

Old timers will recall the great flood years from the 1960s and 1970s. More recently came high water in 1993 and 2011. Those were tough years for many of us.

We may not like floods, but they serve a purpose in nature. Whether birds, amphibians or fish, many prairie wildlife species profit from excess water.

Which brings us to the basic question: Can you ever have too much water?

If you build in a low lying, fl...



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