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Published February 21, 2010, 12:00 AM

Hoses, snowballs for flood control

I don’t know if it’s too expensive to do. I don’t know if something could pump water fast enough, but fire hoses spray water pretty far.

By: Susan Roman, Moorhead

I don’t know if it’s too expensive to do. I don’t know if something could pump water fast enough, but fire hoses spray water pretty far.

If farmers could identify where the water is draining off their property and allow it to form a pool, they could then spray the water back onto their land. Recycle the water as often as necessary to keep it from draining to the river too fast. If every landowner had to do it, or could do it, it would be one way to have some control over the rate of the runoff.

Would there be any way for landowners to create huge piles of snow? When the weather’s right, can someone figure out how to make huge snowballs – wouldn’t they melt slower? Perhaps they could be covered in some way to slow the melt.

I’m just putting ideas out there. I have no way to know if could be done cheaply enough.

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