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low, low water

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This year, in New Brunswick, we are happy to see the rain at last. The dry weather means forest fires are a concern and groundwater levels are very low. We hope for regular, soaking rains in the fall, to help recharge our groundwater.


low water of the Rusagonis Stream, viewed through the ‘windows’ of our covered bridge


Many streams and rivers in New Brunswick are at their lowest flows. We were in a similar situation this time last year. Low water means wading only, no canoeing in the Rusagonis Stream. Some of the stones in the photo above have never been seen above water before. Low water is of concern for fish since the shallow water means water temperatures get too high for them.


the brown crescents in the river are sand bars, only revealed at low water


Even the Saint John River is so low we are seeing sand bars where deep water usually flows.


We had a good soaking of rain at the beginning of the week, and there is more rain in the forecast, so I will end this post feeling optimistic, and by showing you a photo of my husband as a little boy, fishing below the covered bridge (now gone) on the South Branch Rusagonis Stream!


Glenwood Tims fishing on Rusagonis North Branch.jpg


Copyright 2017 Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

September 6, 2017 at 7:09 am

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  1. What a wonderful picture of your husband fishing when he was a little boy! I hope your drought ends soon. Thankfully the plentiful rains we had this spring and summer ended our two-year drought.


    Barbara Rodgers

    September 7, 2017 at 7:59 am

    • Be careful what we wish for … we’ve had three days of downpour and the river is up!


      jane tims

      September 8, 2017 at 6:43 pm

  2. Great observations. The picture of your husband could be me in the same year fishing a stream in Cape Breton.


    George Griffin

    September 6, 2017 at 9:17 am

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