Friday, August 3, 2012

Shit Creek

Yes, I probably should be taking this lunch hour to grind through the hundreds of emails that racked up during my ten day vacation but I just couldn't resist a look at the stream flow gauge on a local river.

13 cfs.

Low, but about average for this time of year. The water temps have to be pushing seventy which is why I'll stay away until September or so.

My brain lingered on this number for a moment and I realized that at this flow rate, the wastewater treatment plant upstream must be contributing a significant percentage to the flow. So, with the power of Google search and a spreadsheet I did the math.

11.09% of the river's flow is wastewater effluent. Yum!

And now for something completely different.

Clearing Storm, Grand Tetons

16 comments:

  1. Absolutely amazing photograph, Steve!

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    1. Thank you, Erin. I've got to dig through the Colorado pictures as well. There are some pretty good ones though there's nothing like the Tetons for drama!

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  2. Some things are just better not known.

    And Erin's right. Beautiful image, well done in black and white.

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    1. Tri-X 400. I miss it greatly. And Velvia too.

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    2. HA! Young whippersnappers don't even know what Tri-X is. But digital is just too convenient, and cheap.

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    3. Yeah, I have lots of nostalgia for film but no real desire to go back. Once you have a digital image (esp a RAW one) you can have anything you want from Tri-X to Velvia to cheap ass Kodak Instamatic. Cool stuff.

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  3. Most effluent's clean enough these days that I'd be grateful for the extra flow on some of my local small streams.

    Not to mention the potential for solitude once you've published your data locally...

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    1. The stream flow is welcome. The pool below the plant fishes very well.

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  4. Beautiful photo. I can never decide when something looks more awesome in B/W. (of course I'm still a beginner too)

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    1. The joy of digital is that you can play with all sorts of looks with every photo. Thanks for stopping by and the compliment.

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  5. Steve the photo is great. I love black and white. Welcome back!

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    1. Thanks, Howard. First report is tomorrow.

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  6. does shit creek extend into CO? I may be experiencing something similar this fine Monday morning...

    great photo!

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    1. Yes. Longest small river in North America.

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  7. Sounds like perfect water to find corn-fed browns. Sorry, but someone had to take the low road here--may as well have been me. Beauty photo. Uses to love Tri-ex and the time spent in my basement darkroom.

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