Arkansas River in Wichita

 

After two dry summers in a row, we may be finding ourselves on the upswing towards ending our drought.

Here are a few panoramic shots I took with my phone this morning in Wichita, Kansas.

 

WatsonPark8.5.13

The photo above was taken from the bank at Watson Park. It shows the water levels from the John Mack bridge (at Pawnee street) to the Broadway Street bridge.

HermanHill8.5.13

This one is from the opposite bank of the river, at Herman Hill Park.

LincolnStreet8.5.13

And finally, the river at the Lincoln Street bridge and dam. This shows the newly constructed dam, fish passage, and walkway – the water has reached the edge of the sidewalks, and the debris line showed the water level had gone up onto and above the sidewalks earlier today!

 

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Making Fish

Making Fish

Here’s a photo taken from my “real” job… A female walleye is being stripped of her eggs, which will be fertilized and then carefully cared for in a fish hatchery until they hatch into tiny fry, which will be stocked in reservoirs across the state.