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Published August 27, 2012, 06:04 PM

Red River water flow remains high despite low river level

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Our dry weather means that the Red River in Fargo has dropped to its lowest level in 6 years. Despite that low level, flows in the river remain high.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Our dry weather means that the Red River in Fargo has dropped to its lowest level in 6 years. Despite that low level, flows in the river remain high.

It's a perfect summer day on Big Pine Lake near Perham. The boats sit at the dock after another busy summer weekend.

But after 20 wet years lakes in Western Minnesota remain high.

Walt Kalbus, Big Pine Lake Home Owner: “Two years ago when it was so wet I actually had to take the windshield off my pontoon to get it on and off the lift. So it was up about two feet higher than it was right now.”

Eventually this water makes its way into the Otter tail River and arrives here in Fargo-Moorhead.

Today the river level is just over 14 feet, but the water flowing through measured in cubic feet per second remains just over 1100 cfs, which is still just above the long term average.

So until there is a dramatic drop in lake levels the flow through the Red will remain fairly steady.

Though back at Big Pine they’re hoping it doesn't drop too much.

Kalbus: “I got the end of my dock, it’s only 30 inches. I'd like to have another 6 inches to a foot. It makes it just about right for when the grand kids are here.”

Both Fargo and Moorhead get the majority of their drinking water from the Red, and low flows would likely result in greater water restrictions.

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