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Drought of '21 has dramatically impacted fish, wildlife


September 1, 2021

A section of a pond near Cloquet sits almost entirely waterless Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021. So far this summer the region has received more then six inches less of rain than the average amount. The drought and dry ponds have been bad news for waterfowl and frogs that depend on this kind of wetland for habitat. But a dry year also can rejuvenate wetlands to be more fertile and productive when rains return. Steve Kuchera / Duluth News Tribune

DULUTH -- The first clue that the drought of 2021 was getting serious was when the big paper birch tree in our front yard started shedding yellow leaves. In June.

The second hint came when the July blueberries around our campsite on Rainy Lake were shriveled, like miniature raisins, too dry and tiny to eat.

The third sign came in mid-August when the Lester River simply stopped flowing into Lake Superior.


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