Friday, July 31, 2015

Merritt Reservoir

The Merritt Reservoir is an impoundment of the Snake River.

 Merritt Reservoir

The Merritt Reservoir is 11 miles long and has 44 miles of sandy and treed beaches.  The water is great for cooling off,  water skiiing, swimming or whatever water play you have in mind.  It's also great for just relaxing on a pontoon or a  paddle boat.   However, mostly what we saw today was fisherman in all kinds of boats.  We learned that the Walleye is normally what these fisherman come here to catch. 

 Western Grebes

This isn't the best picture of these grebes but it is the first time that we have seen this type of grebe so we were excited to get a picture of them at all.  We were just too far away to get a good picture!

Lee took this parorama of the lake but it made 
this straight beach line look curved.  

 The Sandhills

The Sandhills of Nebraska cover the north central portion of Nebraska and extend north and northwest into South Dakota.  These Sandhills cover 19,600 square miles and are the largest sand dune formations in America.

One of the largest aquifers in North America lies beneath these Sandhills.  It is called the Ogallala Aquifer.  This aquifer covers 174,000 square miles in portions of eight states.  The Ogallala Aquifer has a storage capacity about equal to that of Lake Huran.  It is the most important source of water in the high plains Region providing nearly all the water for residential, industrial and agricultural use.  Irrigation currently accounts for 90% of the water use from the Aquifer.

In this picture you can see the irrigation canal that runs along Highway 97 and is taken from the reservoir to supply water for their crops to farmers over 70 miles away.  

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