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Lake sturgeon were captured on video spawning along the Red River Basin in a Facebook post shared by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday, May 24. The agency stated the event is the first verified natural spawning to occur with the species in more than 100 years.
That's just one of the studies on tap in the Red River Basin. Here's a rundown.
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The route follows the historic trek of Eric Sevareid and Walter Port that was documented in a novel titled “Canoeing with the Cree."
Near Climax, Minnesota, a small crack in the ground has grown, causing a quarter-mile long stretch of bean field to fall 25 feet. Few have ever seen anything like it.
Work continues on a project to bring water from the Missouri River to eastern North Dakota. This summer's drought doesn't have anything to do with the timing, but it shows the importance of it, one project leader says.
This illustrates the basin-wide nature of this drought.

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Sheepshead will never control the population explosion of zebra mussels, but their contribution to the Red River ecosystem can’t be understated.
In his 14 years as a Red River catfish guide, Brad Durick says he’s never seen a year quite like this one for low water, thanks to widespread drought conditions that have the Red and other rivers across the region at their lowest levels in years.
“Whatever’s on the streets and goes down the gutter, that’s what ends up in those pits,” a Grand Forks worker told the Herald. And someone has to keep those pits clean.

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