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Kayaking in Pittsburg

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Just below Pittsburg village is a stretch of the Connecticut River that has seen a lot of kayaks and canoes over the years. Having done this stretch with rookies hundreds of times, it was a shock to see the the current "non depth" of the river. Pics were taken yesterday afternoon, and the y tell a story no one wants to here.

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What's the story, are the Canadians stealing the water by damming the rivers to produce electricity that they then sell to us? ;)

 

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3 hours ago, snorander said:

What's the story, are the Canadians stealing the water by damming the rivers to produce electricity that they then sell to us? ;)

 

All the Connecticut Lakes and Francis are very low for this time of year. I have talked to people who have kayaked East Inlet with difficulty, due to low levels.  Most big rain generating storms have gone below us all summer. Personally,  I had a bad experience in a small pond behind my house where I had 30 Rainbow Trout, as pets, die due to lack of oxygen, from low water flow from the mountain behind me. Walked up to feed them one day and 22 of them were doing the back stroke. Never seen a drought so bad in 25 years living here. Hope we get some substantial rain soon........ 

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ICG    6

Bad for the fish, ....  Hopefully, more optimistic for trail work.

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We have had a TON of rain down here all summer. Lawn never burned up, puddles in the yard where I never get them. Probably 10 - 12 inches over average for July and August. 

Lets hope Mother Nature balances the scales come winter, and it stays cold. 

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21 hours ago, snorander said:

What's the story, are the Canadians stealing the water by damming the rivers to produce electricity that they then sell to us? ;)

 

As much as I like to place the blame on somebody else, it would be too hard of a job to lay this on Canada, although I do understand and appreciate your effort.

Kind of strange, but the northern counties weren't impacted like southern counties during the earlier part of the drought we had. Then in mid-summer 2021 the big rains came for the south and passed the north. 

For comparison, in 2020 Concord got 33.75" of precipitation versus a normal 41.51". In 2020 Berlin got 42.93" versus a normal 42.04".

In 2021 to date, Concord got 32.75" versus Berlin getting 24.65".

If you add the 2020 and 2021 data it's 67.58" for Berlin and 66.01" for Concord. Totals are very close, but the timing was different.

Now, in Keene they had 42.85" in 2020 and 42.92" so far in 2021, for a 21-month total of 85.77".

https://www.weather.gov/wrh/climate?wfo=gyx

BTW: To see NH river flows go to  https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nh/nwis/current/?type=flow

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On 9/14/2021 at 5:11 PM, snorander said:

What's the story, are the Canadians stealing the water by damming the rivers to produce electricity that they then sell to us? ;)

 

I bet JOE could explain the Canadian Conspiracy ;)....

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My wife and I were in Pittsburg this week. Photos below:  Ct River above 2nd Lake, and Lake Francis Boat Launch.  1st Lake & 2nd Lake are very low, but Francis is Holy Shit low.

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I've noticed that the lakes and rivers in Pittsburg have been very low this year. I was just in your neighborhood again last Sunday, Armand. 

 

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Nice video "sky pilot". Certainly gives a different perspective on the Northern real estate.

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