Mother Nature can be very fickle.
All of us who work with water every day know how fickle Mother Nature can be. We need clean, safe water to survive, and droughts can be devastating. The other end of the spectrum – dealing with too much water – can be devastating, too, as we’re seeing this Spring in the Midwest. As of this writing, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers increased the flow of Gavin’s Point Dam in South Dakota from 5,000 cubic feet per second to 70,000 cfs because the recent rainfall over South Dakota, Central North Dakota and Nebraska has been 200% to 600% above normal for this time of year. They likely will take it to 75,000 cfs by June 1. Add this to the natural river overflows on top of the ice floe flooding issues of March and April and well, it’s a mess. We’re doing all we can to keep water/wastewater facilities dry and operational so citizens have access to safe water and the outflows are clean, too. Sometimes, Mother Nature is simply a formidable foe, as we’re experiencing in the town of Pacific Junction, Iowa. You can read more about this situation in this issue. We look forward to a turnaround in rain volume in June. Stay safe out there.
Chairman & CEO