On Saturday afternoon as the Riverwalk Market Fair was closing up, John Thomas (AKA Mr. JST Technology) alerted me to a Great Blue Heron that was perched on the top of the Ames Mill dam. After a few minutes, a Mallard joined it. It’s moments like that that make most Northfielders love that dam and the visually pleasing pool of Cannon River water behind it. But it could be much more.
There’s a resurgence of interest in planning for the Cannon River as it flows through downtown Northfield, especially if the dam is removed. See the discussion attached to my 2007 blog post: Tear down the Ames Mill dam. And the Sept 2011 PRAB minutes included this:
Council Member Suzie Nakasian reported. The City of Reno Nevada was chosen as an example of how to maximize the river corridor in a city. The planning was done around the river, recreation, economic development, and flood mitigation. A slide show presentation showed the reconstruction of the river to an Olympic class kayak run. She presented this to the PRAB to inspire creativity and thinking of the Cannon River as a park. To create a corridor along the river as parkland.
The Northfield News has a Remembering the Flood of 2010 feature in the Sept. 24 print edition. Only one of the four print articles is viewable from its online News category/section (and, strangely, none from its Flood of 2010 section). So I dug around and found them, as I think it’s a great follow-up to the flooding post-mortem blog post and discussion we had here on Locally Grown for several months starting a few days after the flood.
Nfld News series, Remembering the Flood of 2010, Sept. 24, 2011 edition:
The below-freezing temps and receding high water on the Cannon River created some interesting ice formations this week in downtown Northfield, both above the Ames Mill dam and north of the 2nd St. bridge.
Most of the photos are macro shots, with the ones above among my favorites that show something of Northfield in the background.
The soggy Froggy Bottoms boys, led by Jake and Dave Hvistendahl, are sandbagging today, as heavy rains overnight and throughout the morning hours have pushed the Cannon River over its banks along the Riverwalk in downtown Northfield.
See the album of 102465165222278286307324345370379 397 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:
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.
For 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.