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Current Water Releases
12:00pm
09/18/2019

2019-09-18 12:00

*1615.29 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe  – Steady
50664.0 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse – Steady
8028.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Stilling Basin Outlet Works – Reopened -0800 -09/18/19
Total Release – 58692.00 Cubic ft/second – Increased due opening Stilling Basin
*1428.08 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation – Up slightly

*Anticipated releases may reach 61,000 Cf/s starting September 30, 2019 and likely continue through November.

Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap in the 55-56,000 range.  

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box

Current Water Releases
12:00pm
09/16/2019

2019-09-16 12:00

*1615.31 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe
50147.0 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse
0.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Stilling Basin Outlet Works
Total Release – 50147.00 Cubic ft/second
*1427.01 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation

*Anticipated releases may reach 61,000 Cf/s starting September 30, 2019 and likely continue through November.  
Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap in the 55-56,000 range.  

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box

 

“Army Corps to divert Lake Oahe releases starting next week to work on power plant”

  • Updated 
  •  Oahe Dam
Beginning Monday, Aug. 26, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin a maintenance schedule on turbines in the power plant just below Lake Oahe. It will mean lessening the releases from Lake Oahe into the power plant, seen in the upper right hand of this photo as seven silos below the east end of the dam. Meanwhile, the Corps will begin releasing a corresponding amount of water through the “regulating tunnels” in the west end of the dam, releasing the water into the “stilling basin,” seen in the lower left of the photo. The total amount of water released from Oahe Dam will remain the same. (Photo courtesy of US Army Corps of Engineers)


Current Water Releases
12:00pm
08/29/2019

2019-08-29 12:00

*1616.17 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe
49582.0 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse
 8046.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Stilling Basin Outlet Works
Total Release – 57628.00 Cubic ft/second
*1428.22 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation

*Anticipated releases may reach 58,000 Cf/s
Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap in the 55-56,000 range.  

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box

Current Water Releases
12:00pm
08/26/2019

2019-08-26 12:00

*1616.13 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe
49620.0 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse
 8046.00 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Stilling Basin Outlet Works
Total Release – 57666.00 Cubic ft/second
*1428.33 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation

*Anticipated releases may reach 58,000 Cf/s

Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap in the 55-56,000 range.  

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box


Current Water Releases
12:00pm
06/17/2019

2019-06-17 12:00

*1616.73 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe
*53851.0 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse
*1427.89 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation

*Current Pool elevation down significantly
Releases thru Powerhouse  holding steady
*Tailwater elevations remain steady

Anticipated releases may reach 55,000 Cf/s
Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap in the 55-56,000 range.  

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box
For Daily Project Orders – click on “Oahe”


Current Water Releases
12:00pm
06/06/2019

2019-06-06 12:00

*1618.19 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe (-.03ft)
*53375.0 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse (-1591.0 Cf/s)
*1427.69 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation (-.14ft)

*Current Pool elevation down slightly over 06/05/19
*Releases thru Powerhouse  down significantly over 06/05/29 levels ~ adjustment for downstream Inflows to Big Bend, Fort Randall and Gavins Point (-1591.0 Cf/s)

*Tailwater elevations down .14ft at midday 0ver 06/05/19 levels

Anticipated releases should reach 55,000 Cf/s by mid week.
Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap in the 55-56,000 range.  

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box
For Daily Project Orders – click on “Oahe”

 Current Water Releases
12:00pm
06/05/2019

2019-06-05 12:00

*1618.22 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe (-.09ft)
*54966.0 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse (+512.0 Cf/s)
*1427.83 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation (+1.30ft)

*Current Pool elevation down slightly over 06/02/19

*Releases thru Powerhouse  up ~ adjustment for downstream Inflows to Big Bend, Fort Randall and Gavins Point
*Tailwater elevations up 1.30ft at midday 0ver 06/04/19 levels

Anticipated releases should reach 55,000 Cf/s by mid week.
Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap in the 55-56,000 range.  

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box
For Daily Project Orders – click on “Oahe”

AGE Corp Completes Inlet Sheet Pile

June 5, 2019

MGHOA recently contracted with AGE Corp to reinforce the inlet wall on the west end of the Canal system. That work has been completed and the final landscaping project for that area will be accomplished when the water levels stabilize.  The silt trap, placed last fall has proven to be effective. 

Current Water Releases
12:00pm
06/04/2019

2019-06-04 12:00

*1618.31 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe (-.18ft)
*54454.0 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse (+8644.0 Cf/s)
*1426.53 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation (+1.03ft)

*Current Pool elevation down slightly over 06/02/19 over water
downstream following this past weeks rain  in the upper basin
*Releases thru Powerhouse  up ~ adjustment for downstream inflows to Big Bend, Fort Randall and Gavins Point

Anticipated releases should reach 55,000 Cf/s by mid week.
Past history places the water levels in Marion’s Garden Canal
system approximately 6-8 inches above the canal wall cap.  


As we head into the boating season, please remember that from the inlet of the MGHOA Canal system and throughout the Canal proper inside Marion’s Garden, the area is designated as a no wake zone.  Please respect all property owners and keep the speeds to idle in the Canal proper with the current and projected water levels.

Current Water Releases
12:00pm
06/02/2019

2019-06-02 12:00

*1618.49 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe (+.08ft)
*44454.0 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse (-134.0 Cf/s)
*1426.53 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation (+.03ft)

*Current Pool elevation up slightly over May 31, 2019
*Releases thru Powerhouse  down  -134.0 Cf/s ~ adjustment for downstream Inflows to Big Bend, Fort Randall and Gavins Point
*Tailwater elevations up .03ft at midday 0ver 5/31/19 levels

PLEASE NOTE
MGHGOA will be spraying the Canal system for aquatic weeds on

Saturday, June 1, 2019

 

Please be advised that no swimming, harvesting of fish, and no water should drawn from the Canal for the purposes of watering lawns, shrubs, plants or flowers for the next 7 days
 June 1-June 8, 2019.

Current Water Releases
12:00pm
05/31/2019

2019-05-31 12:00

*1618.41 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe (+.14ft)
*44588.0 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse (-311.0 Cf/s)
*1426.50 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation (-.11ft)

*Current Pool elevation up slightly over May 30, 2019
*Releases thru Powerhouse  up ~ -311.0 Cf/s ~ adjustment for downstream Inflows to Big Bend, Fort Randall and Gavins Point
*Tailwater elevations down .11ft at midday 0ver 5/30/19 levels

 12:00pm
05/30/2019

2019-05-30 12:00

*1618.27 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe (+.25ft)
*44912.0 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse (-3592.0 Cf/s)
*1426.61 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation (+.19ft)

*Current Pool elevation up slightly over May 28, 2019
*Releases thru Powerhouse  up ~ -3592.0 Cf/s ~ adjustment for downstream Inflows to Big Bend, Fort Randall and Gavins Point
*Tailwater elevations up .19ft at midday 0ver 5/28/19 levels

Corps of Engineers Will Increase Oahe Outflow

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

MGHOA has been informed that there will be steady increases in outflow from Oahe in the coming week.The pool level above Oahe is expected to top out at 1619.3 ft MSL by next Tues, June 4.  The current releases are sitting at about 23000 Cubic ft/second.  This will slowly increase to 48000 Cf/s by Monday, June 3…and eventually rise to 55000 Cf/s by midweek.  That level is projected to be stable through September of this year.  MGHOA residents experienced flow in the 55000 Cf/s range last summer with the water levels topping the canal walls for an extended period of time. 

12:00pm
05/28/2019

2019-05-28 12:00

*1618.02 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe (+.06ft)
*48504.0 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse (+1587 Cf/s)
*1427.42 ft MSL- Tailwater elevation (+.55ft)

*Current Pool elevation up slightly over May 27,2019
*Releases thru Powerhouse  up ~ +1587 Cf/s ~ over 
5/27/19 midday total
*Tailwater elevations up .55ft at midday 0ver 5/27/19 levels

Current Water Releases
12:00pm
05/27/2019

2019-05-27 12:00

*1617.96 ft MSL- Pool Elevation above Oahe (+1.95ft)
*46,917.0 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse (+6567 Cf/s)
*1426.87 – Tailwater elevation (+.40)

*Current Pool elevation up almost 2 ft over 5/21/19 reading
*Releases thru Powerhouse  dramatically up ~ +6567 Cf/s ~ over 
5/21/19 midday total
*Tailwater elevations up .40ft at midday 0ver 5/21/19 levels

Current Water Releases
12:00pm
05/21/2019

2019-05-21 12:00

*1616.01 – Pool Elevation above Oahe (+.36)
*40,350 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse (+899 Cf/s)
*1426.47 – Tailwater elevation (+.56)

*Current Pool elevation up slightly
*Releases thru Powerhouse up  thru
recent midday totals
*Tailwater elevations up a bit at midday

Shrubbery and Trees Allowed in Marion’s Garden

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

As discussed during our Marion’s Garden Homeowners Association annual meeting last evening, the Association does have requirements for types of shrubbery and trees allowed in the subdivision.  Should a tree need to be removed and replaced, it is recommended  that the tree or shrub be replaced in a 2:1 ratio.

Any shrubbery/tree/landscape alterations to your property must be approved by the Architectural Committee prior to commencing the project.

Additionally, Green Ash trees appear on the recommended list, however, the Association discourages such planting, and will be working to strike the reference in the  Protective and Restrictive Covenants.

From the MGHOA Protective and Restrictive Covenants:
Appendix 1: Appendix 1 is a document attached to the original application submitted
to the Corps of Engineers for approval of this development and the list of trees therein
was developed in conjunction with the US Forest Service as species of trees suitable for this site.

The trees are: Clump Willow, Austice Willow, Lombardy Poplar, Cottonwood,
Green Ash,  Russian
Olive, Choke Cherry, Apple, Conifer, Eastern Red Cedar, Scots Pine, Austrian Pine, Ponderosa Pine, Black Hills Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, Japanese Larch, Hackberry, Honey Locust, Sunburst, Northern Catalpa, Kentucky Coffee Tree, Crab Apple, and Apricot.

Current Water Releases
12:00pm
05/13/2019

2019-05-13 12:00

*1615.65 – Pool Elevation above Oahe (-.32)
*39,451 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse (-2189 Cf/s)
*1425.91 – Tailwater elevation (+.15)

*Current Pool elevation down slightly
*Releases thru Powerhouse considerably less thru
recent midday totals
*Tailwater elevations up a bit at midday

 

Current Water Releases

12:00pm
05/10/2019

2019-05-10 12:00

*1615.65 – Pool Elevation above Oahe (-.32)
*38,521 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse (-3119.0 Cf/s)
*1426.24 – Tailwater elevation (+.48)

*Current Pool elevation down slightly
*Releases thru Powerhouse much lower thru
recent midday totals
*Tailwater elevations up slightly at midday

Current Water Releases

12:00pm
05/03/2019

2019-05-03 12:00

*1616.18 – Pool Elevation above Oahe (-.56)
*41,403 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse (+3,208 Cf/s)
*1425.76 – Tailwater elevation (-.03)

*Current Pool elevation down slightly
*Releases thru Powerhouse considerably higher thru
recent midday totals
*Tailwater elevations down a bit at midday

 

Current Water Releases

12:00pm
04/29/2019

2019-04-29 12:00

*1616.74 – Pool Elevation above Oahe (+.52)
*38,195 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse (+1,639 Cf/s)
*1425.79 – Tailwater elevation (-.42)

*Current Pool elevation up slightly
*Releases thru Powerhouse higher thru
recent midday totals
*Tailwater elevations down a bit at midday

 

Current Water Releases
12:00pm
04/28/2019

2019-04-28 12:00

*1616.22 – Pool Elevation above Oahe (-.90)
*36,556 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse (-1,125 Cf/s)
*1426.21 – Tailwater elevation (+.37)

*Current Pool elevation holding steady
*Releases thru Powerhouse lower thru
recent midday totals
*Tailwater elevations up a bit at midday

Ruth Ann Johnson Passes

 

Ruth Ann Johnson, Gary Johnson’s mother and grandmother to Ardlussa resident, Gerad Johnson, passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2019.

Please join Marion’s Garden Home Owners Association in offering sympathy and prayers to the Johnson family.

Ruth Ann Johnson,85, of Pierre passed away Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Mary House after a brief illness.  Visitation will held 5:00-7:00pm, Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at the Pierre First United Methodist Church, concluding with an Eastern Star and Prayer Service at 7:00pm.  Funeral Service will take place at 1:00pm, Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the Pierre First United Methodist Church with interment following at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Blunt, SD.

Ruth Ann was born May 26, 1933 in Huron, SD to Paul Henry and Hazel Leona (Atz) Schumacher, the oldest of four daughters. She grew up on the family farm three miles west of Iroquois, SD along US Highway 14.  She attended school in Iroquois and graduated as valedictorian in 1951. She then attended Huron College and graduated in the spring of 1953 with a two year teacher degree.  Her first teaching job was at Oldham, SD.  Following that, she taught school in Miller, SD.  There, on a blind date she met a US Marine, Gerald Johnson, who was home on leave. They were married on June 26, 1955 at the Iroquois Methodist Church to begin their life together, settling in Blunt, SD. While in Blunt, Ruth Ann continued to teach school until their third child arrived at which time she became a full time mother and homemaker.  They lived in Blunt until 1991 when they moved to Pierre.

She was a lifelong member in the Methodist Church of Iroquois, Blunt and Pierre along with the ladies circles of the churches, neighborhood bridge club, and PTO in the Blunt and Sully Buttes schools.  She was active for over 60 years in Rising Sun Chapter #86 of the Order of Eastern Star.  She served as Worthy Matron several times along with other offices over the years. 

She loved her family; being a mother to her children, a grandmother and great grandmother.  Most especially, being a life partner to her husband, Gerald, for nearly 64 years.  She was an excellent homemaker and caretaker and will be long remembered for her delicious pies.

Ruth is survived by and greatly missed by her husband, Gerald, son Gary (Carol), Fort Pierre, daughter Paula Barber (Ken) Onida,SD, six grandchildren:  Kimberly Terca, Gerad (Allison) Johnson, Kennen (Chad) Ensz, Dr. David Terca, G. Andy (Emily) Johnson, Linden (Justin) Hiller, and three great grandchildren: Grayden A. Johnson, Maci Ann Johnson and Gibson A. Johnson.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her three sisters:  Mary Kay, Jeanie, and Darlene and in May 2002 her daughter, Barbara (Beaba) Terca.

The Family would like to thank the wonderful Hospice caregivers and Mary House staff for the care she received during her final days.

Memorials may be directed to Countryside Hospice, Pierre, SD or The Eastern Star Home in Redfield, SD.

 

Important Dates for May 2019
in
Marion’s Garden

May 4, 2019 – Clean Up Day

May 14, 2019 – MGHOA Annual Meeting – 7:00pm
Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center, Fort Pierre, SD

May 25, 2019  – MGHOA Community Wide Yard Sale – 8:00am – 1:00pm

printable schedule

 

Current Water Releases
12:00pm
04/22/2019

2019-04-22 12:00

*1617.12 – Pool Elevation above Oahe (+.32)
*37,681 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse (+39 Cf/s)
*1425.84 – Tailwater elevation (+.07)

*Current Pool elevation holding steady
*Releases thru Powerhouse peaking a bit higher thru
recent midday totals
*Tailwater elevations up a bit at midday

 

Current Water Releases
12:00pm
04/19/2019
2019-04-19 12:00

*1616.90 – Pool Elevation above Oahe (+.03)
*37,642 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse (+121 Cf/s)
*1425.77 – Tailwater elevation (-.22)

*Current Pool elevation holding steady
*Releases thru Powerhouse peaking a bit higher thru
recent midday totals
*Tailwater elevations off a bit at midday

 

 Current Water Releases
12:00pm
04/18/2019

2019-04-18 12:00

*1616.87 – Pool Elevation above Oahe (+.03)
*37,333 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse (-188 Cf/s)
*1425.99 – Tailwater elevation (+.01)

*Current Pool elevation holding steady
*Releases thru Powerhouse peaking about the same thru
recent midday totals
*Tailwater elevations fairly steady at midday

Bonnie Aasby
Passes


Bonnie Aasby ~ 1941-2019

Bonnie Aasby was a resident of Marion’s Garden.  Please join Marion’s Garden Home Owners Association Board of Directors in remembering the Aasby family in their loss

Bonnie L. Aasby, 77, of Ft. Pierre, passed away April 12, 2019 at Sanford Healthcare in Sioux Falls.  Funeral Services will begin at 1:00pm, Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Pierre with visitation a half hour prior from 12:30-1:00pm.  Interment will take place at Scotty Philip Cemetery in Fort Pierre.

Bonnie was born on September 6, 1941 to Francis and Theoma (Goddard) Ripley.  After graduating from Onida High School, Bonnie went to work for the State of South Dakota.  After a year of employment, she married Leon Aasby on December 3, 1961 and moved to Highmore.  There she worked for a bank before they moved to Philip where they resided for nearly seven years.  They then moved to Lemars, IA for three years before moving to Pierre, where she spent the rest of her life.  In Pierre Bonnie worked for the State of South Dakota, then BankWest’s computer department, the Greater Missouri Community Action Program (for 20 years) and then back to the State of South Dakota where she worked for the Department of Health Vital Records until her retirement in November 2011.

Bonnie loved being outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.  She had a passion for bike rides, fishing, camping and dancing.  If you found her indoors, she would often be found crocheting or putting together puzzles.

Bonnie is survived by two children:  Carey (Grant) Smalley and Allen (Angel) Aasby; four grandchildren:  Taylor (Mat) Cordingly, Zachary Smalley,  Makayla and Tristen Aasby; two great grandchildren: Abel and James Cordingly and special friend Lloyd Kannegieter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Leon, brothers Richard, Dennis and Bob Ripley and two daughters, Rachael Ann and Cathy Jo.

Current Water Releases
12:00pm
04/17/2019

2019-04-17 12:00

*1616.84 – Pool Elevation above Oahe 
*37,521 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse
*1425.98 – Tailwater elevation

*Current Pool elevation holding steady
*Releases thru Powerhouse peaking about the same thru
recent midday totals
*Tailwater elevations fairly steady at midday

Rescheduled
Corps of Engineers Spring Public Meeting

Mon. April 15, 2019
10:00AM
Ramkota River Centre


The COE Spring Meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, April 15, at the Ramkota River Centre.  The meeting will be held in Amphitheater 2 starting at 10:00am

 

Current Water Releases
12:00pm
04/14/2019

2019-04-14 12:00

*1616.58 – Pool Elevation above Oahe 
*36,200 Cubic ft/second – Release thru Powerhouse
*1425.44 – Tailwater elevation

*Current Pool elevation holding pretty close to 1616.75
*Releases thru Powerhouse peaking about the same thru
recent midday totals
*Tailwater elevations fairly steady at midday

As a point or reference – Sheet piling top elevation at Tower Park – 1426.8

 

 

Chris Maxwell Benefit Fundraiser
June 14, 2019
Drifters Bar & Grille
Fort Pierre

Chris Maxwell Benefit                                                                     printable flyer

Chris Maxwell, Mike and Judy  Weisgram’s son-in-law, is currently recovering from Guillain – Barre Syndrome (GBS).  GBS is a rare autoimmune disorder which affects nerves and leads to progressive paralysis.  Maxwell is currently being treated at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, NE. 

Chris, Molly and the kids recently moved to Vintage Square Estates from their home here in Marion’s Garden. 

Chris worked tirelessly over the past couple years spearheading the Fort Pierre Bicentennial celebration. 

There will be benefit for Chris, Molly, and the kids on Saturday, June 14, 2019, at Drifters Bar & Grille in Fort Pierre, starting at 7pm

 

 

               COE Meeting Canceled

The COE Spring Meeting for today, Wednesday, April 10, 2019 has been canceled due to impending weather.
Will be rescheduled.

Corps of Engineers Spring Public Meeting
Wed, April 10, 2019
10:00AM
Casey Tibbs Conference Center

All MGHOA members are urged to attend this meeting regarding 2019 projected water levels and outflows from Oahe Dam.

 

Corps of Engineers Update
April 2, 2019

 

Rick Hahn, Fort Pierre City Engineer, has passed along additional information from the Corps of Engineers regarding water levels on Lake Oahe and downstream releases.

Anticipated pool levels on Lake Oahe (above Oahe Dam) have been adjusted down to 1617′ from 1618′.  With the projected “high” level being revised down a foot, this is encouraging.

August 2019 downstream average flows from Oahe, into Lake Francis Case,  are currently  projected  to be set at a maximum of 44,000 cubic feet per second.  This is good news in the fact that the flows last year were much higher.

 Hahn states, ” This forecast is not anticipating any major rain events this year, if a major event does occur in the very near future, the levels may rise again, but more storage will be available to accommodate the runoff “.

Your MGHOA Board of Directors urges you to be cautiously optimistic.

 

 Corps of Engineers Releasing Water

April 1, 2019


The US Corps of Engineers is beginning to increase the release of water from Lake Oahe.  As of early morning, on April 1, the current releases are around 30,000 cubic feet per second (cfs).  At this time we will see a noticeable rise in the water levels, but well below the canal wall cap.  As the releases approach 50,000 cfs, the water should reach the top of the canal cap.  There is no indication from the Corps where the final release figure will fall. Your MGHOA Board of Directors is monitoring the developments and will keep all MGHOA residents in the loop.

US Corps of Engineers
website


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2018

Christmas Lighting Contest
Winners!

Traditional – Darrel and Jean Salonen – Jamieson Dr
Clark Griswold – Matt and Mandy Mitchell and Family – Port Charlotte Ave
Anything Goes – Dave and Linda Bonde – Port-Na-Haven St
Best Overall – James and Krisitn Walti and Family – Caol-lla Ct

Thanks to all our residents for the great holiday displays

Thanks to Reg and JoAnn Nelsen for coordinating this year’s contest

Thanks to our great Fort Pierre Sponsors
Lynn’s Dakotamart of Fort Pierre
Silver Spur of Fort Pierre
Pizza Ranch of Fort Pierre

AGE Corp Silt Trap Project

AGE Corp is currently working on installation of the silt trap in the Peterson Park area.  Residents should be aware of men and equipment in the construction zone, and use caution when near that area.  The silt trap is being installed in a cooperative venture with the city of Fort Pierre and Marion’s Garden Homeowners Association.  It is the hope of the parties involved that the installation will aid in alleviating the build-up of silt in the western leg of the canal system.   The trap, a webbing of cables and concrete blocks, is intended to collect silt from storm water inflows.  Marion’s Garden Homeowners Association completed a major dredging project last year to clear a large amount of silt from the western leg of the canal.  Once the installation is is in place, the accumulated silt will be removed on a regular basis.   

 

Please Observe NO WAKE Zone in
Marion’s Garden Canal System

Due to the extremely high water levels in the Marion’s Garden Canal System, please maintain a NO WAKE speed when traversing the canal areas.  The water levels are expected to remain at or above the canal wall caps for the foreseeable future.

For hourly updated US Army Corps of Engineer information on current water releases from Oahe Dam
click here

For Hourly Data Collection Platform  – enter “Oahe” in the box
For Daily Project Orders – click on “Oahe”

 

Sunset over Marion’s Garden by Carly Bowman

 

Please Drive Safely

Summer is upon us and kids, construction equipment and  lawn care specialists are always on the move in Marion’s Garden.   Please be aware of your surroundings when driving and be extra vigilant for kids playing in the area.  Additionally, if you see something that you feel needs attention, feel free to contact a Marion’s Garden Home Owners Association Board member.  This is your community, let’s keep it a safe and friendly place to live and play. 

 

 “Signs, Signs, Everywhere are Signs”

Residents of Marion’s Garden have noted the addition of signage to our community.  Many have been in place for several years and your Marion’s Garden Homeowners Association Board has added a few new advisories this summer.  Residents are reminded of the following:

  • MGHOA endorses a a Neighborhood Crime Watch Policy – Members are reminded to report any suspicious activity to proper authorities for resolution of the situation.   If you see something that doesn’t look right or seems suspicious – Please Report It!
  • The area surrounding the Canal proper is private property and as such trespassing is not allowed.  In addition diving is prohibited from the canal walls. Swimming in the canal is discouraged, and there is no lifeguard on duty at any time.  The Canal is posted as not being safe for winter activities due to the unstable water levels experienced through the winter months.  Traversing the Canal during the winter months is discouraged.
  • Marion’s Garden Marina is intended for the sole use of the members of that organization.  There is to be no diving or swimming off the dock system.
  • The playground at Railway Park is intended for the use of Marion’s Garden Residents.  All playground equipment is to be used for the purposes intended.  Should a resident note any unsafe use or any damaged equipment, it should be reported to a Board member immediately.
  • Marion’s Garden has a public bike path passing through.  Please note the location of that path and observe all “No Parking” zones.
  • Residents are reminded that on street parking is not allowed.  All residents must park in driveways.  The occasional visitor is allowed to park on the street if off street parking is mot available.  This advisory allows Marion’s Garden residents to avoid having to install sidewalks on their property, leaving the roadway open for bike paths and pedestrians.
  • Finally, The posted speed limit within the development is 25MPH…we have alot of children and pets in the area…Please remain alert at all times.

Marion’s Garden Aerial Photos
circa 1994-1995
Courtesy Dave and Linda Bonde

Historical Map of Fort Pierre and the Missouri River

Willow Island and Teton Island (Marion’s Island) are actually part of the present day Marion’s Garden.  According to the attached 1891 U.S. Surveyor General’s map, present day Marion’s Garden subdivision was largely part of Teton Island and a small portion of Willow Island.  The western and eastern boundaries of the subdivision were actually river channel surrounding the islands.

Teton Island, better known as Marion’s Island, was largely a garden area owned by Hormidas Marion.  In early early half of the 20th Century, the area now known as Teton Island development, south of the car bridge, was known as Marion Gardens, operated as a truck farm.  Note the name was Marion Gardens…not Marion’s Garden.

The approximate location of the west abutment of the train bridge is noted on the map.

Please feel free to correct, amend, or add your comments by emailing at info@mymghoa.com.

1891 Map
Marion’s Garden Approximate Location Map

Interesting Driving Tour of Pierre-Fort Pierre

The Historic Pierre organization (www.historicpierre.com) has put together an interesting brochure detailing a driving tour of the Pierre-Fort Pierre area.  The tour lists 32 points of interest in the area.  Please click the link below to view the document.

Pierre-Fort Pierre Driving Tour

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 President’s Message for Fall 2018

October 23, 2018

Dear MG Resident,

Just a note to say Hi and welcome to Fall 2018. Your Association Board of Directors continues to pay attention to issues that can affect our lifestyles in our community and I thought I would note some of my thoughts of our current status. Currently there are three new residents building their new homes in our development. The Coverdale’s have moved into their home, Sonnenchein’s home is taking shape nicely, and the Smith home has its foundation / floor in and will be taking off soon. We welcome them to our community and thank them for their confidence and investment in Marion’s Garden and Fort Pierre. The Architectural committee worked with these new residents to ensure the continuity of homes we have and all of them were a pleasure to work with.

High water releases from the Main Stem Dams this summer caused all of us some concern as water over our sea walls is disconcerting. It also causes some (possible) damage to landscaping and saturates the soils behind the sheet pile walls as well. Hopefully the soils dry sufficiently to prevent any wall damage when the low winter temperatures cause freezing. Expansion and contraction happens continually during the change of seasons and temperatures but we are optimistic that major shifts will not cause catastrophic damage to our sheet pile walls. In 2011 we experienced even worse conditions than this current year and we experienced only minimal negative results hence our optimism for this year as well. Because of these conditions this summer, our normal wall fortification efforts (new tie back and weep hole installations in selected areas) were unable to occur. With normal water releases next year, we will complete this work and more next construction season.

After our dredging efforts last year, we recognized the need for a improved silt trap that is located on Skerrols street. The silt trap needs replacing and we have hired Gary Johnson’s A-G-E Corporation Contractors to complete that work. They (Gary and Carol Johnson are residents of Marion’s Garden) hopefully will start that work when the water releases are lower and it dries out some. This is work we have budgeted for and have the resources for its completion. Gary has gotten input from Fort Pierre’s City Engineer and we expect a successful end result. We are in negotiation with the City of Fort Pierre to maintain the silt trap as we see soils build up there. That will naturally occur because of the drainage design of the City.

The Board thought the maintenance of the Association’s properties (Tower Park, Railway Park / Playground Park, and Petersen Park) was done very well. We hired Marso’s Lawn Service to cut the grass and apply fertilizer and weed killer this year and we were all happy with his performance. Since Judy and I have been in MG, all of the vendors that have performed this work have done well and we appreciate their efforts. We bid this work out from time to time and Kevin Marso was the successful vendor.

The next Social Event is being planned now as I just visited with the volunteers of that committee. Please look for a notice delivered to your home for the time and date. Hopefully our new residents will attend and we can welcome them as well.

Thank you for being residents of Marion’s Garden and please call or email me if you have any questions.

Mike Weisgram, 280-0294

mike.weisgram@gmail.com

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