Raist you are to be commended highly for your most excellent photo-documentation of hopefully a once in a lifetime event.
You are quite right to be concerned.
I used to live on a river in NW Florida, and while we didn't have barge traffic up where we were, that river fed a bay which was part of the
inter-coastal waterway, which had a ton of barge traffic. I also remember when the Apalachicola River got so low that they had to stop barge traffic
on it. There was a lot of PO people. Apalachicola Bay is a huge fishing/oyster bay, so not only did it affect the barges, but also the seafood and
tourism industry. Atlanta uses that upper basin as a water source so Geogia and Florida were fighting it out over water rights.
Now I live in SC, just south of Charlotte, NC and our county's (and other surrounding county's) drinking water comes from the Catawba River. There
was a huge stink about interbasin transfers - Charlotte wanted to take huge amounts of water out of the Catawba basin, use it, then process it, then
pipe it to a totally different river basin, meaning once the water was taken out of the Catawba it wasn't ever coming back. And this was during the
time we were going thru a severe drought. SC said no way Jose and took NC to court over it. The same thing is happening btwn GA/SC over the Savannah
The Catawba feeds down into the Santee Lakes, which are man made lakes with yet another dam; the water got so low that you could see the old grave
sites (revolutionary war era) that were inundated with water when the lakes were made were. Some fools were even arrested for grave robbing
The Catawba has a lot of dams on it for power generation and also a couple of nuke plants. There was some concern about lake levels during the
drought b/c the nuke plants have to have a minimum lake level maintained to keep those rods cooled or they have to shut down; on the other side of the
fence federal regs said they have to release x amount of water thru the dams to maintain the health of the river downstream & drinking water quality
downstream. Hellva quandry. I notice that you guys don't have to worry about the nuke factor! That's good.
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Unless it [fault] is directly under the river I have not seen anything.
Hold on to your hat. While the grandaddy New Madrid/reelfoot fault system is just south of you and you don't have any faults in your immediate
vicinity, but upriver, between you at Thebes and St Louis, there are 4 faults that cross the Mississippi River.
NEW ALBANY SHALE PETROLEUM SYSTEM, ILLINOIS BASIN
There are also gas wells up near St. Louis, but it lookslike they've been in production since the '90s, don't think they're fracking, but don't
know for sure, things can change.
There was a 2.1 EQ in July 31 2012, real close to the river up near Grand Tower Island, looks like just a wee bit south of Ste Genevieve Fault Zone.
Long/Lat co-ord:37.601 -89.534
You're in an interesting geological area, where 4 or so geological formations come together.
And also 4 different types of aquifers come together. The feeder creeks are dry, water upstream is being held, so my question is how's the aquifers
doing? Heard of anyone having problems with their wells? What is the health of the trees? I know when we had our drought in SC the trees took a
Again, thanks for the pics.