NANFA-- Love (and death) in the Mississippi

Brian Haas (
Sun, 22 Apr 2001 19:14:41 -0500

The family and I went for a Sunday stroll this afternoon to take a good
look at the flooding. The dam was open, and for once in my life I viewed
the beautiful sight of a river that was the same height on both sides of
the dam. Too bad it a takes such a disaster for that to happen.

The most interesting thing I saw was the railroad tracks- which were
flooded. I was amazed at the speed of the current wizzing down the tracks;
in fact, I was amazed by the intense current present in all parts of the
river- even in back water areas. The water on the tracks was no higher
that the tracks themselves. The tracks were actually keeping the water in.
The interesting thing was that carp had somehow made their way in between
the tracks. There were groups of them, the females nice and fat. They
weren't spawning yet, but I'm sure its coming up soon- provided the water
stays at the level it is now. Unless they use some of their spawning
energy to jump the tracks, these carp are going to "make like salmon" and
die after spawning. Only problem is the hatchlings have no better chance
of getting back to the river than the parents did. Wait, never
mind...they're carp.

Travis Haas
Hazel Green WI
5 min. from Dubuque, IA

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