Willow vs Salt Cedar

Can you identify which is Willow and which is Salt Cedar? This time of year, the two look quite a bit alike. Same goes for Russian Olive and Buffaloberry. Willow and Buffaloberry are native plants, and salt Cedar and Russian Olive are invasive species.Led by Bighorn River Alliance board member Dennis Fischer, a group of approximate 12 folks surveyed the islands of the upper three miles. The group was made up of Alliance members, Doug Haacke from Magic City Fly Fishers, Ken Frazer and Mike Ruggles from Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and several NRCS and NPS experts. It was quite a learning experience for some of us, and a big job lay clearly ahead. Nonetheless, everyone was committed to the effort and looking forward to developing a plan for eradication and getting started. A Big thanks to dennis Fischer for arranging the outing, and for his committment to this important project!The stem on the right is Salt Cedar. Its stem is slightly more reddish in color, and the buds are smaller and more numerous.

New dynamic hydrograph

A new dynamic hydrograph has been added to the site and will remained fixed at the top of the page throughout the fall, winter and spring. Its dynamic in the sense it reads the latest lake elevation values and displays then in near real time (24 hour lag).The pink line is last year’s hydrograph, and the gray line is the year before that. Note that both years crossed above the red line, which denotes the beginning of the exclusive flood pool. The dark blue line is the lake elevation for the current water year. Point your mouse at any line to see a precise lake elevation for that date.The bright green line at lake elevation 3,617 is the minimum boat launch level for Horseshoe Bend, and the light green line at lake elevation 3,590 is the minimum boat launch level at Barry’s Landing.So, slip on your dark horned-rimmed glasses, secure your pocket protector and enjoy!