Lock and dam 15 April 26 2008

Check out the pictures I took today back down at the foot of the lock and dam.  The road was closed, so we walked down there, along with a lot of anglers.  The fishing must be good in a flood, perch and buffalo.

Meanwhile, the rollers are wide open, completely raised off the river bed and letting the river go.  The Corps does that at flood time because these are not really meant to control flooding, but rather to maintain the pool level for navigation.

Lock and dam 15 is the largest roller dam in the world.  Here are interesting links that describe roller dams fishing, and the navigation channel construction:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roller_dam

http://www.ifishillinois.org/profiles/rivers&creeks/Mississippi/missi.htm

http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/rmr/2/contents.htm

 

 

 

 

 

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Lock and dam 15 Watch the river

Here is a video I took last week of the water coming out of lock and dam 15, heading right for downtown Davenport.   Flooding is much worse directly below a dam.  Anyone have a theory?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbllRLJxk5A