Your Stories

Produced by readers such as yourself, these stories chronicle the troubles water has caused around the region. These stories are told in first person and reveal the emotional toll fighting a flood or drought can be. Please, join the discussion, and share your stories as well.

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9 thoughts on “Your Stories

  1. There is a definition of Insanity that goes – doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. Perhaps it is time to get out of Mother Nature’s way. This not to make light of the pain and heartache of losing life and limb, property and possessions. It is apparent to all that we live on a lake bottom. What do we expect when it rains and snows?
    The audacity of a city expecting smaller communities and farmers to take the brunt of flooding while those of you in city proper are protected by dikes and levees, is as ridiculous as getting upset when you are flooded out.
    Having money and power of numbers does not give you permission to be selfish. If you don’t like what is happening to your city move to higher ground. Any 4 yr. old could tell that when the water is to deep, move.

  2. I live rural Ogema at the very top of the wild rice watershed district. I tiled the top 140 acres and the below that I along with usds built a retention are and a dam. this might look like a small thing to some, but it ishows what one landowner can contribute. to many land owners want their neighbor or the Gov. to do it all. This project has made my farmland better and the small retention areacreated a little for our many wildlife friends also. this is my personal contribution to the flood ing issues of the valley. I like your idea and I hope it together ideas, big or small.

    • You are to be commended. We need more areas to hold water on private land. I would think CRP would be a good place to start. The owners are getting paid to keep it out of production and most of it’s marginal land to begin with. Why not pay them instead to retain water instead?

      • MY grandparents worked for 40 years to get to own there land on the west shore of Stump Lake and when the lake rose it took that land they worked for. The goverment thought if they flooded us out it would help ease problems for the Devils Lake Basin well it made things wore. So I have to say no storage of water on private land! How about we store water where you live and make a living and you lose it then and only then will you know how it feels to loose land like my family has.

  3. Isn’t there any way a pipeline could be made for the excess water in North Dakota to be filtered and sent south to places like Texas when they are so desperately in need of it? There are other pipelines used for oil and natural gas running thru North Dakota.

  4. When this wet cycle is finally over, the next issue dealing with water will be not having enough to supply the cities in the valley with drinking water. Fargo will be at the fore front of this delemma. Why not change the Sheyenne into a canal similar to the Garrison Diversion with a chain of lakes all the way to the Red river. All with independent control gates where a great length of canal and an impoundment or 3 could be drained so the Red could back up into when it starts flooding in the spring. I would also like to see Garrison tied into Devils Lake and tied into the Sheyenne (Devils and the Sheyenne will be tied together anyway). This would allow control over flooding at Devils Lake as well as the Red River Valley and allow for Missouri River water to the valley during the next dry cycle. This would change many lives and alot of landscape, but if we do nothing, Mother Nature will make the change all on her own with no regard to those affected.

  5. Is anyone else concerned about the fracking being done in the western part of the state, and the potential for groundwater contamination. I’m just starting to inform myself about the issue and would love to know who else is researching or monitoring this issue.



  6. Each Water System in every State is required by law to report to the EPA. The US Government provides all the reports on the EPA’s website but it’s a little tough to navigate. I was blown away by all the groundwater contamination and just contamination in general- it’s all across the board. Every state has problems and I wonder why it’s not more of an issue. There are several health concerns and I’m sure State level health reports can correlate increases of certain disease’s to poor water quality. If your concerned about groundwater contamination from fracking, I’d check out the EPA‘s water shed site or this site for a better visual water report.

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