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    Saylorville dam Question

    Why didnt they start letting more water out of the dam months ago? They not get that lake as low as possable so it could handle the snowmelt? If I remember right it was about 2 weeks ago that they started to open the gates. after the snow started melting.


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    Re: Saylorville dam Question

    I'm not sure exactly, but I am betting they don't release large amounts of water during the winter when the river downstream is choked with ice floes. That can be a recipe for flooding problems (see the Red River in ND, every year).



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    Re: Saylorville dam Question

    It may have to do with the fact that the rivers were frozen and might have caused more problems with ice jams. Just a guess though.



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    Re: Saylorville dam Question

    Actually the lake needs to hold a minimum amount of water to maintain the lake structure including banks. If they dump too much water the banks cave in. This is an Army Corps of Engineers call. This is just one of many reasons.



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    Re: Saylorville dam Question

    There a federal rules concerning lake levels. Check the DMR website. There have been stories about this.



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    Re: Saylorville dam Question

    They had the level of the lake as low as they could without risking damage from ice. I remember going over the bridge about a month ago and it was VERY low...



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    Re: Saylorville dam Question

    I go over the bridge every day and the amount of water that is in that thing now vs. a month ago is incredible.



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    Re: Saylorville dam Question

    Thanks for the info.


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    Re: Saylorville dam Question

    It sure put a damper on lab swim day today



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    Re: Saylorville dam Question

    Looks like it's going up about 6 feet per day.


    Walking on water is easy. Just do it in December when it's frozen.

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    Re: Saylorville dam Question

    13 made it sound like it's not going to go over now. About a foot from cresting



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    Re: Saylorville dam Question

    I know is a serious thread but I can't let a thread go by about a dam without posting this Vegas Vacation clip.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhs_-XOP2ZA]YouTube - Dam Tour[/ame]


    Quote Originally Posted by cyowan View Post

    Rulzzz 3:16 says I just liked your post!

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    Re: Saylorville dam Question

    From a lake volume (amount of water it holds) standpoint, even emptying before hand it wouldn't make much of a difference.

    In other words, because the lake is not shaped like a glass or bathtub, the volume of water per each increasing foot of height increases exponentially, because the lake area increases as well. As it increases in height, it also increases in area (spreads out).



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    Re: Saylorville dam Question

    it is definitely a complex issue with everyone above being right in some way.

    Basically, there are rules, plus ice, plus snow melt and rain that all come at once. In the end no matter what they do, the place can just only handle so much water...



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    Re: Saylorville dam Question

    Quote Originally Posted by simply1 View Post
    It sure put a damper on lab swim day today
    can cocker spaniels swim as well?


    As far as depth goes though, the combination of White, Woodbury, Olaseni, Basabe, and Uthoff is much better than Niang, Ejim, Edozie, Gibson. Not because of the top 2, but because of the next 2 or 3. -DeanVogs

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