Today's image is titled Lush Paddling and was photographed by Nataraj Hauser.
The torrential rains that soaked much of the Midwest may only be a memory now, particularly for those persons unaffected by the serious flooding in Wisconsin and other states, but the waters remain high in the Yahara Chain of Lakes and associated waterways. This is merely an opportunity for some folks, though.
"When life gives you lemons in the form of floodwaters and swollen rivers, the natural choice is to break out the canoe and enjoy the no-wake zone," notes Hauser in the caption to this photo, taken on the footbridge over the Yahara River near Lapham-Marquette Elementary School. "These paddlers were enjoying a trip from Lake Monona to Lake Mendota via the Yahara River."
The lake level data provided by Dane County shows that all four major lakes in the region remain above their target maximum level. Moreover, levels on the Yahara River remain several feet above their median level, as measured by the USGS water gauge near the scene in this image. The waters are dropping, as is the velocity of the river's flow itself, but the watershed has a long way to go before draining itself from the recent storms.
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