Floating Cattail Bog and Rising Water Levels at Ogechie Lake

We made the trip to Ogechie Lake at Kathio State Park to collect water level data from the pressure transducer we installed on June 25th. We were lucky enough to teamed up with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe environmental department and others to make the trek in an 18 ft. long cedar canoe! You can see from the photos there is quite a bit of cattail competition along the perimeter of the stream bank, however we did observe small patches of wild rice beginning to emerge from the surface which you can see are starting to regress into open water in the channel. Unfortunately, a floating cattail bog downstream at Lake Onamia has elevated surface water levels and nearly flooded out our stream gauge. Moreover, the Mille Lacs environmental manager sent us before and after photos of the excavation of the floating cattail bog at the outlet of Lake Onamia. We expect the water levels to recede soon and hope to make another field trip to retrieve our data at Ogechie.

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