Souris River Study – Building Alternatives Together

Work is underway to identify and collect information needed to consider various operating scenarios for the reservoirs in the Souris River basin, and recommend alternative approaches.


How can my story make a difference?

Understanding the impacts of rainfall, snow melt, and water evaporation in different parts of the basin as flows increase and water levels reach different elevations will help us make recommendations that best reflect the needs of basin communities on both sides of the border.

By sharing your story of what happens, where it happens, when it happens, and what you wish would happen, you may help to build an alternative for operating the reservoirs.

One great example comes from a story shared with the Public Advisory Group:

“I live next to the Souris River gauge, near Sherwood, ND, ½ mile south of the border. When the water level reaches 2600 cfs (19 ft) at the Sherwood gauge, it backs in from the field and floods the road at the end of my driveway. Every time this happens, we have to rebuild the driveway and repair the road. It often means evacuating livestock and machinery, which is expensive and makes my property, barns, corrals, and the gauge house inaccessible until repaired.”

Now we know:

where the impact is (at the Souris River gauge house, near Sherwood)

when it happens:   2600 cfs or 19 ft at the Sherwood gauge

what happens: roads and driveways are impassable and expensive to repair

What you wish would happen is a possible alternative: Keep flood elevations below 2600 cfs at driveway location.


If you have a story to tell, or want to suggest changes to the way the basin works now, let us know as soon as possible so that it can be considered.

Share your story of how reservoir operations, water elevations or flows affect you. Be sure to include what happens, where and when it happens, and what you wish would happen.


Submit your story by email to or leave a comment below.



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