Please visit the Friends of Sanganois tent at the 2014 Sanganois Duck Blind Drawing
State of the Site – Sanganois – October 20, 2014
Since the annual duck blind drawing in late July, most of us have not been to the site during the August to October time period. As we head into this weekend’s Youth Duck Hunt and prepare for opening weekend on the 25th, we thought it timely to give everyone a “State of the Site” update.
Once again this year, we have experienced above average rainfall. Most of the high water had receded by July and August and a good growing season was occurring. The site had been seeded and natural vegetation had regenerated site wide. So, expectations for a good ‘duck food crop’ were high.
Unfortunately, since September, the river has risen and flooded the site on three different occasions. As of this week, the water was finally receding. Hopefully, staff will be able to get some improvements completed before opening weekend.
This high water has made it impossible for any repair work to be completed. The breach in the River Ridge area was to be repaired. Rip Rap rock had been purchased and the necessary equipment made available to fix, but it’s been impossible to repair the break, as it’s been underwater. This has made it impossible to control the water, inundating the site with each rise in the river. And, when the river comes up, it has created additional damage to areas that were unexpected.
The main road is now open and staff is working furiously on grading and spreading new rock. This should be completed by next week. The Walk-In area road, however, is still flooded and will likely be un-passable for the near term.
Worst of all, all of the food on the site, as well as adjacent areas, has been lost. So, there won’t be much food on the site for the entire season. Hopefully, the ducks will be able to find something to eat in the recently harvested cornfields.
We’re sorry to bring such bad news to everyone but we thought it’s important to let everyone know the conditions before arriving at the site.
On a more positive note on, opening weekend, Friends of Sanganois will have available for purchase new hoodies in hot pink and forest green, along with t-shirts and hats. We’ll also be conducting a raffle for a “Carsten’s Puddler Boat” which would be perfect for the Walk-In area. Tickets are $5 each, or 5 for $20. The drawing for the winner will be conducted on Sunday, November 30th and tickets will be available at the site up until the drawing. Many thanks for this donation to Daren & Brenda Sheppard at S & R Marine in Beardstown. Your generosity and support of FOS is greatly appreciated!
We hope everyone has a good season. We look forward to seeing you at Sanganois!
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FRIENDS OF SANGANOIS