Under the Trees
The river Dee forms a major part of the Galloway Hydro scheme which means that the flow from Loch Ken is managed. The summer of 2012 was pretty wet, so although the second of August was a lovely warm day, the river was still very full at a time of year when you wouldn’t expect much water to be coming down from the hills. Indeed, during the summer of 2011 I can remember seeing the lower valley below Tongland Dam in spate when they were releasing water from Tongland reservoir after a week of heavy rain. Normally the river valley below the dam is dry and the small saplings growing there were taking a battering from the surging water. I think that we can all agree that the weather has become much more unpredictable over the last few years.