Due to the erosion of shorelines along the Missouri River because of higher volume releases at Garrison Dam, Burleigh and Morton counties are asking boaters to show consideration to landowners along the river by operating watercraft away from the riverbank in an effort to reduce damaging wakes.
Releases at Garrison Dam were increased from 41,000 cubic feet per second to 46,000 cubic feet per second earlier this week and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says releases will remain at that rate through July.
Due to the increased volume of discharges, the Missouri River current is faster and stronger than usual, bringing large debris, including whole trees, down the river system. The public should take necessary precautions, such as life jackets and debris spotters, to maintain awareness of conditions while enjoying the Missouri River.
As of July 2, the Missouri River gauge reading at Bismarck was 11.73 feet.