Erosion Is Noticeable At Lake Sakakawea


The effort to keep water levels low downstream from Garrison, is causing issues on Lake Sakakawea.

By minimizing releases out of the Garrison Dam, to keep flooding from happening downstream in Bismarck-Mandan, Lake Sakakawea is seeing problems as their level rises.

Erosion of the shoreline on Lake Sakakawea is noticeable, as its level rises.

“Erosion is a good thing,” said Rob Holm, Fish Hatchery Project Leader.

Erosion eats away at the shorelines causing sand, trees, and rocks to become one with the lake and the biologist in Rob Holm enjoys seeing it happen because it provides nutrients and a home for the fish.

“It provides habitat to the fish that’s out there, it provides a food source,” said Holm.

Although the benefits favor the fish, erosion isn’t great for the rest of us.

“Negative stuff, yeah there’s a lot of that,” said Holm.

Erosion provides more food for the fish but that can make it more difficult for the fisherman as there won’t be as many fish biting on their bait. Also, if you have any property on the lake erosion will start to eat at your landscape.

“You have to be careful because those things will cave in on you,” said Holm.

Holm says that there are some concerns. One of those being boat ramps. He’s not concerned about the actual ramp disappearing but is worried about the site itself. He also says boaters need to be aware and steer clear of the edges where erosion can happen.

“I’ve seen on more than one occasion where people are in the wrong place at the wrong time and it could be very serious,” said Holm.

So whether you like it or not, erosion is a natural part of life.

“The biologist in me says it’s a great thing but the from the human perspective not so much. I don’t like to see the erosion taking place,” said Holm.

Holm says an interesting fact over the years is erosion has eaten away one of the golf course holes.

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