40 days and counting: a floating yellow barrier in the Cannon River with nothing to do

May 28, 2010: floating yellow barrier in the Cannon River Back on May 28, I took this photo of a floating yellow barrier under the 4th St. bridge just below the Ames Mill dam.  Once I confirmed with the police that it had nothing to do with the search for Brittney Landsverk, I assumed that some work on the retaining wall was about to begin.

I got an email yesterday from Adam Solyst at Carlson Capital Management and took this photo late in the afternoon:

July 8, 2010: floating yellow barrier in the Cannon RiverFor over a month now there has been a large yellow floating barrier in the Cannon river between Carlson Capital Management and the Hvistendahl, Moersch, and Dorsey law office (it can be seen easily from the 2nd street bridge).  It started on Carlson’s side in what appeared to be a setup to block off water to the wall and create a dry area in which to work.  But after it was set up nothing happened.  It eventually broke free and floated until it rested in itss current position.  I feel as though whoever put it there originally has forgotten about it.  I can offer no other explanation.

Anyone know what’s up?


  1. Jim Haas said:

    It’s art.

    July 12, 2010
  2. Jim Haas said:

    On water.

    July 12, 2010
  3. On June 25, Joel Walinski responded to my query about the yellow “boom” (which is probably not effective any longer as it’s been dislodged by a large, floating tree branch and moved downstream). Joel wrote:

    “The yellow floating curtain in the river by the 4th Street bridge is part of the SWIP (erosion control plan) for the 4th Street Project which is required. Most of the storm water collected on 4th Street does drains out into the river at that point. The floating curtain is in place to help contain soils that may get into the system. The primary erosion control for the project takes place upstream and the effort is focused on keeping sediments out of the system to begin with.”

    July 19, 2010
  4. Griff Wigley said:

    Thanks, Bart.

    FYI, 4th St. between Division and Washington was paved and striped yesterday.

    July 21, 2010

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