I pick up the story with events around mid-day on Tuesday, August 30th. A film crew came to James Smith reserve to go to the shoreline of the N. Saskatchewan River and see for themselves.
Here is a picture I received:
On Wednesday afternoon this article was released on CBC news website:
CBC news Wednesday
Now, keep in mind, that all of this collection of scummy dross in the river was happening everyday, over the past week or more. The river was supposed to rise before the weekend, so we were hurriedly getting as much collected as possible.
Astonishingly, overnight Tuesday, the river had risen some "3 meters" by some individual's count. Hard to believe that rain in Edmonton region could affect the river that much. I now have been reminded that there are hydro dams along the North Saskatchewan River in Alberta. I live along the Columbia River in BC, and I know how much a river can rise based on Hydro release at times.
With a hard search I found this quote: "The mean annual discharge from the [North Saskatchewan River] basin in Alberta into Saskatchewan is over seven billion m3."
I have so many questions as to how common it is at this time of year for the river to rise so much overnight. But, I am learning quite a few more things during this project. (even as I learn about Mexico and the oil spill market)
Btw, there is a major business story developing in Mexico as I write. From the time I take a reprieve from the North Saskatchewan River - I don't know when that will be - I will pick up the story developing in Mexico. Suffice to say, it is developing larger than we thought originally.
Over n out until next blog.
P.S. I've buried this purposely.
Taxpayers pay oil companies