saskia

The White River

saskia wrote 911 days ago:


Two weeks ago, I woke up after a big party night in Leavenworth and kicked off my day with a mellow bike ride through town. After getting my coffee fix, I dropped into Leavenworth Mountain Sports to see what was good on the scene with owner Adam McKenny. Our conversation somehow got directed toward wind and paddle sports on Lake Wenatchee, the main source of the Wenatchee River. I spend a couple hours of almost every day on the Wenatchee River in my kayak, but I have not the slightest clue about what Lake Wenatchee has to offer. I have known Lake Wenatchee as the local wind mecca of our area which does not make it very conducive to kayaking. As Adam and I continued to chat, he told me that he had done some paddle boarding up there, so I figured the kayak would have no problem. There was even some talk of surfing the the wind swells down lake. I’m interested.

Resisting the urge to lay on the couch and nurse a hang over, I threw my Jackson Kayak Karma RG on my Subaru, filled up a water bottle, grabbed a Snickers bar, and hit the road. Lake Wenatchee is 30 minutes from my house so I was at the lake in no time. Without much direction as to where I was going to go on the lake, I drove to a friends water front cabin, geared up, and started paddling up lake. As I previously stated, Lake Wenatchee is known for its wind, and that was no joke. I spent two hours paddling a few miles up lake, into the wind, with three foot rollers coming at me the whole time. No worries though, I had no agenda and was looking for a work out anyway.

Eventually, I reached the north end of the lake where the water is protected from the wind by Cottonwood trees and everything calms down tremendously. Working my way along the northwest corner of the lake, I noticed a sandbar about 50 meters off shore. Getting closer, I realized it is a sediment deposit from a beautiful milky green river flowing into the lake. Up until this point, this whole lake paddling mission didn’t really have any direction, but now my interest was peaked. I began paddling up what I later found to be the White River. This barely flowing, shallow river meandered through sandy beaches and tall grass. Numerous old downed timber lined the shore and protruded from the river bed. The wind was blocked by the surrounding trees producing an almost silent environment. This place was magical. I paddled up river a couple hundred meters and the scenery just kept getting better. Unfortunately, it was getting late in the afternoon and I had to get back to Leavenworth so I turned around, and headed back to the lake. I had every intention of coming back to this place as soon as possible for further investigation. As I get back to the lake, I set a rough trajectory for the cabin that I started at, which was a couple miles away by now and started cursing down lake. Getting further out into the lake, the wind was ripping, but it was a direct tail wind. Big green rollers would pick me up every now and again and I would accelerate into 10-15 second down lake surfs. In a 12 foot kayak, I could hang on to these speed boosts for a while. The distance that took me two hours to paddle into the wind, took 25 minutes to return from. Totally sick!!

Less than a week later, my long time friend Kati Davis rolled into Leavenworth looking for an adventure, and I had just the thing. I sourced out a long kayak for her, which look 5 minutes and a six pack, and we were on our way.Our plan was to take two days and explore the White River from the mouth, up stream as far as we wanted. Naturally, for any overnight river trip, we did not pack light. We brought enough food for a week, some box wine, the most comfortable of backcountry sleeping equipment, plenty of cameras, and other random items which we deemed totally necessary such as glow sticks and hammocks. After a leisurely morning of packing in Leavenworth, we headed to the lake.

Starting about as far north on Lake Wenatchee as possible, we cut out the two hour into the wind paddle that I had done the previous week. Instead, we loaded our boats and enjoyed a 15 minute cruise across the northwest bay of the lake to the mouth of the White River and thus, our adventure began.

At no point is the White River moving very fast, which makes it a breeze to attain. The first mile or so consists of grassy banks with sandy beaches at almost every corner. The water is a silty green color that changes to a bright blue when the light hits it right. The best part of all, there is no sign of humans anywhere, except for a short bit when you paddle under the Little Wenatchee Road bridge which is about a mile in.Shortly after the bridge, we reached our first real portage. The actual first portage was a tiny rapid that required 5 feet of boat dragging but thats not worth talking about.

For a river that was littered with massive pieces of wood, this was only one of the two downed trees that we couldn’t paddle over or around. Super easy portaging compared to almost all wood situations I’ve encountered while paddling white water. After quickly pulling our boats through the logs, we were back on our way.

Eventually we found a beach that would make an adequate camp spot. We were really just looking for a break and a spot to unload our gear before heading further upstream, so we weren’t too picky. Even so, we had found a pretty dope spot.After setting up camp (unbuckling our pack pads so they can self inflate) we ate some lunch and continued on our journey upstream. This is when the area really started to become visually stunning. The afternoon light was giving the water amazingly vibrant colors. Beams of light were blasting through the trees. Giant sleeping trees loomed inches under water, appearing as massive dark shadows. In short, around every corner was a scene that was even more incredible than the last which kept us motivated to continue.

Eventually, the sunlight dropped behind the mountain, the temperature chilled out and we headed back to our base camp. Kati had made some Quinoa and veggie concoction that was a perfect dinner and we called it a day, deep in the mountains, under a sky full of stars.

We woke up the next morning to a full wild life visit. A pair of deer were across the river, a river otter was cruising down the beach, a hummingbird buzzed in just to say whats up, and our kayaks were covered in little frogs. It was like the animals up there had never had any human interaction. They weren’t scared, just very interested.

After a morning swim and some fresh blueberries for breakfast, Kati and I broke down camp (rolled up our Paco pads) and got back in our boats. The morning lighting gave the area a much different feel than the afternoon, but equally as beautiful. After paddling upstream one last time for a couple photos, we began our trip back down to Lake Wenatchee.

The paddle downstream was a simple cruise, just taking it easy and soaking up the zone. We eventually made it back to Lake Wenatchee and completed the quarter mile open water paddle back to our launch point. After a quick water front lunch and an easy car loading, we drove the whole half hour back to Leavenworth.

For anyone looking to check out for a couple hours or a couple days, the White River is really an incredible area. Navigable by kayak or paddle board (No Motorboating!!) the river is an escape that is right in the back yard. I will definitely be spending more time up here and I am excited to visit during different seasons. Get out there and see it for yourself.



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tommygunn

The White River

tommygunn wrote 911 days ago:


Two weeks ago, I woke up after a big party night in Leavenworth and kicked off my day with a mellow bike ride through town. After getting my coffee fix, I dropped into Leavenworth Mountain Sports to see what was good on the scene with owner Adam McKenny. Our conversation somehow got directed toward wind and paddle sports on Lake Wenatchee, the main source of the Wenatchee River. I spend a couple hours of almost every day on the Wenatchee River in my kayak, but I have not the slightest clue about what Lake Wenatchee has to offer. I have known Lake Wenatchee as the local wind mecca of our area which does not make it very conducive to kayaking. As Adam and I continued to chat, he told me that he had done some paddle boarding up there, so I figured the kayak would have no problem. There was even some talk of surfing the the wind swells down lake. I’m interested.

Resisting the urge to lay on the couch and nurse a hang over, I threw my Jackson Kayak Karma RG on my Subaru, filled up a water bottle, grabbed a Snickers bar, and hit the road. Lake Wenatchee is 30 minutes from my house so I was at the lake in no time. Without much direction as to where I was going to go on the lake, I drove to a friends water front cabin, geared up, and started paddling up lake. As I previously stated, Lake Wenatchee is known for its wind, and that was no joke. I spent two hours paddling a few miles up lake, into the wind, with three foot rollers coming at me the whole time. No worries though, I had no agenda and was looking for a work out anyway.

Eventually, I reached the north end of the lake where the water is protected from the wind by Cottonwood trees and everything calms down tremendously. Working my way along the northwest corner of the lake, I noticed a sandbar about 50 meters off shore. Getting closer, I realized it is a sediment deposit from a beautiful milky green river flowing into the lake. Up until this point, this whole lake paddling mission didn’t really have any direction, but now my interest was peaked. I began paddling up what I later found to be the White River. This barely flowing, shallow river meandered through sandy beaches and tall grass. Numerous old downed timber lined the shore and protruded from the river bed. The wind was blocked by the surrounding trees producing an almost silent environment. This place was magical. I paddled up river a couple hundred meters and the scenery just kept getting better. Unfortunately, it was getting late in the afternoon and I had to get back to Leavenworth so I turned around, and headed back to the lake. I had every intention of coming back to this place as soon as possible for further investigation. As I get back to the lake, I set a rough trajectory for the cabin that I started at, which was a couple miles away by now and started cursing down lake. Getting further out into the lake, the wind was ripping, but it was a direct tail wind. Big green rollers would pick me up every now and again and I would accelerate into 10-15 second down lake surfs. In a 12 foot kayak, I could hang on to these speed boosts for a while. The distance that took me two hours to paddle into the wind, took 25 minutes to return from. Totally sick!!

Less than a week later, my long time friend Kati Davis rolled into Leavenworth looking for an adventure, and I had just the thing. I sourced out a long kayak for her, which look 5 minutes and a six pack, and we were on our way.Our plan was to take two days and explore the White River from the mouth, up stream as far as we wanted. Naturally, for any overnight river trip, we did not pack light. We brought enough food for a week, some box wine, the most comfortable of backcountry sleeping equipment, plenty of cameras, and other random items which we deemed totally necessary such as glow sticks and hammocks. After a leisurely morning of packing in Leavenworth, we headed to the lake.

Starting about as far north on Lake Wenatchee as possible, we cut out the two hour into the wind paddle that I had done the previous week. Instead, we loaded our boats and enjoyed a 15 minute cruise across the northwest bay of the lake to the mouth of the White River and thus, our adventure began.

At no point is the White River moving very fast, which makes it a breeze to attain. The first mile or so consists of grassy banks with sandy beaches at almost every corner. The water is a silty green color that changes to a bright blue when the light hits it right. The best part of all, there is no sign of humans anywhere, except for a short bit when you paddle under the Little Wenatchee Road bridge which is about a mile in.Shortly after the bridge, we reached our first real portage. The actual first portage was a tiny rapid that required 5 feet of boat dragging but thats not worth talking about.

For a river that was littered with massive pieces of wood, this was only one of the two downed trees that we couldn’t paddle over or around. Super easy portaging compared to almost all wood situations I’ve encountered while paddling white water. After quickly pulling our boats through the logs, we were back on our way.

Eventually we found a beach that would make an adequate camp spot. We were really just looking for a break and a spot to unload our gear before heading further upstream, so we weren’t too picky. Even so, we had found a pretty dope spot.After setting up camp (unbuckling our pack pads so they can self inflate) we ate some lunch and continued on our journey upstream. This is when the area really started to become visually stunning. The afternoon light was giving the water amazingly vibrant colors. Beams of light were blasting through the trees. Giant sleeping trees loomed inches under water, appearing as massive dark shadows. In short, around every corner was a scene that was even more incredible than the last which kept us motivated to continue.

Eventually, the sunlight dropped behind the mountain, the temperature chilled out and we headed back to our base camp. Kati had made some Quinoa and veggie concoction that was a perfect dinner and we called it a day, deep in the mountains, under a sky full of stars.

We woke up the next morning to a full wild life visit. A pair of deer were across the river, a river otter was cruising down the beach, a hummingbird buzzed in just to say whats up, and our kayaks were covered in little frogs. It was like the animals up there had never had any human interaction. They weren’t scared, just very interested.

After a morning swim and some fresh blueberries for breakfast, Kati and I broke down camp (rolled up our Paco pads) and got back in our boats. The morning lighting gave the area a much different feel than the afternoon, but equally as beautiful. After paddling upstream one last time for a couple photos, we began our trip back down to Lake Wenatchee.

The paddle downstream was a simple cruise, just taking it easy and soaking up the zone. We eventually made it back to Lake Wenatchee and completed the quarter mile open water paddle back to our launch point. After a quick water front lunch and an easy car loading, we drove the whole half hour back to Leavenworth.

For anyone looking to check out for a couple hours or a couple days, the White River is really an incredible area. Navigable by kayak or paddle board (No Motorboating!!) the river is an escape that is right in the back yard. I will definitely be spending more time up here and I am excited to visit during different seasons. Get out there and see it for yourself.



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saskia

Celestial Falls

saskia wrote 1191 days ago:


As the clogs of government turn ever so slowly the official naming of Celestial Falls nears.

Celestial Falls: falls; 44 ft. high; on the White River in White River Falls State Park, 3.7 mi. E of

the community of Tygh Valley; Wasco County, Oregon; Sec. 7, T4S, R14E, Willamette Meridian;

45°14’33”N, 121°05’47”W; USGS map – Maupin 1:24,000; Not: Celestial Pool Falls, Middle

White River Falls, Tygh Valley Falls, White River Falls.

http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gazpublic/getesricoor?p_lat=45.2425&p_longi=-121.096389

Proposal: make official name in long-time local use

Map: USGS Maupin 1:24,000

Proponent: Mark A. Davis; Bend, OR

Administrative area: White River Falls State Park

Previous BGN Action: None

Names associated with feature:

GNIS: None found

Local Usage: Celestial Falls (20 years)

Published: Celestial Falls (Waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest 2014; American Whitewater

2014; Riverfacts, Oregon 2014; World Kayak, 2014; Gorge News Center, 2014;

GoingOutside magazine 2014) ; Middle White River Falls (Waterfalls of the Pacific

Northwest 2014; American Whitewater 2014), Tygh Valley Falls (Waterfalls of the Pacific

Northwest 2014; American Whitewater 2014)

Case Summary: This is the first of two proposals submitted by a local kayaker to make official

names in local use for two waterfalls on the White River within White River Falls State Park in

Wasco County. The falls are tiered and the name Celestial Falls refers to the lower of the two. It

has a height of approximately 44 feet. The upper falls is proposed to be named officially White

River Falls (q.v.). The proponent reports that a local rafting guide began to refer to the lower falls

around 1993 as Celestial Pool Falls, but soon after, it was shortened to Celestial Falls, a name that

has become known nationally by kayakers and photographers. As the site of generations of Native

American life and use, as well as a former Pacific Power and Light powerhouse, the area is now a

State Park. Watercraft use in the vicinity of the falls is banned, although in the recent years,

kayakers have begun to run the treacherous drops. There are numerous videos and photos of these

falls, including a number that use the name Celestial Falls.

The entire complex of falls in this area has been referred to variously as White River Falls, Tygh

Valley Falls, Middle White River Falls, and Celestial Falls. Upon visiting the site, members of the

Oregon Geographic Names Board agreed that it was appropriate to apply names to each of the

individual tiers within the complex. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department recommends

approval of the name Celestial Falls.

GNIS lists no other features in Oregon with the word “Celestial” in their names.



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james

Celestial Falls

james wrote 1191 days ago:


As the clogs of government turn ever so slowly the official naming of Celestial Falls nears.

Celestial Falls: falls; 44 ft. high; on the White River in White River Falls State Park, 3.7 mi. E of

the community of Tygh Valley; Wasco County, Oregon; Sec. 7, T4S, R14E, Willamette Meridian;

45°14’33”N, 121°05’47”W; USGS map – Maupin 1:24,000; Not: Celestial Pool Falls, Middle

White River Falls, Tygh Valley Falls, White River Falls.

http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gazpublic/getesricoor?p_lat=45.2425&p_longi=-121.096389

Proposal: make official name in long-time local use

Map: USGS Maupin 1:24,000

Proponent: Mark A. Davis; Bend, OR

Administrative area: White River Falls State Park

Previous BGN Action: None

Names associated with feature:

GNIS: None found

Local Usage: Celestial Falls (20 years)

Published: Celestial Falls (Waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest 2014; American Whitewater

2014; Riverfacts, Oregon 2014; World Kayak, 2014; Gorge News Center, 2014;

GoingOutside magazine 2014) ; Middle White River Falls (Waterfalls of the Pacific

Northwest 2014; American Whitewater 2014), Tygh Valley Falls (Waterfalls of the Pacific

Northwest 2014; American Whitewater 2014)

Case Summary: This is the first of two proposals submitted by a local kayaker to make official

names in local use for two waterfalls on the White River within White River Falls State Park in

Wasco County. The falls are tiered and the name Celestial Falls refers to the lower of the two. It

has a height of approximately 44 feet. The upper falls is proposed to be named officially White

River Falls (q.v.). The proponent reports that a local rafting guide began to refer to the lower falls

around 1993 as Celestial Pool Falls, but soon after, it was shortened to Celestial Falls, a name that

has become known nationally by kayakers and photographers. As the site of generations of Native

American life and use, as well as a former Pacific Power and Light powerhouse, the area is now a

State Park. Watercraft use in the vicinity of the falls is banned, although in the recent years,

kayakers have begun to run the treacherous drops. There are numerous videos and photos of these

falls, including a number that use the name Celestial Falls.

The entire complex of falls in this area has been referred to variously as White River Falls, Tygh

Valley Falls, Middle White River Falls, and Celestial Falls. Upon visiting the site, members of the

Oregon Geographic Names Board agreed that it was appropriate to apply names to each of the

individual tiers within the complex. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department recommends

approval of the name Celestial Falls.

GNIS lists no other features in Oregon with the word “Celestial” in their names.



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tommygunn

World Kayak Regions 2013-11-16 16:43:18

tommygunn wrote 1529 days ago:


The article below was posted on March 21st by Kevin Colburn on the American Whitewater website. Sullivan Creek has been a favorite of Spokane Kayakers for many years. It’s great to see the collaborative effort to improve fish habitat and the bonus of revealing new rapids. Hopefully most were able to get up north for a run down Sullivan this fall.

“Yesterday, Federal approval was granted for the removal of Millpond Dam on Northeast Washington’s Sullivan Creek. Millpond Dam is a 134-foot-long, 55-foot-high concrete dam with an 850-foot-long, 10-foot-high earthen dike that currently creates a 63-acre reservoir. Millpond Dam has blocked Sullivan Creek since 1909, and removal should be completed within the next 5 years.
Dam removal settlement talks began in 2008 when American Whitewater, the US Forest Service, and the State of Washington successfully challenged a federal decision to give up jurisdiction over the dam, which had not generated power since 1956. As the settlement parties struggled with how to protect local ratepayers of the small Public Utility District that owns the dam from bearing the costs of removal, a compelling idea surfaced. Sullivan Creek flows into a reservoir on the Pend d’oreille River that is formed by Seattle City and Light’s (SCL) enormous Boundary Dam, which happened to be undergoing relicensing. Settlement talks expanded to include SCL, who ultimately agreed to fund the removal of Millpond Dam as mitigation for their project’s ongoing operation. Settlement was reached in March of 2010.
The removal of Millpond Dam is expected to benefit native redband and cutthroat trout, as well as mountain whitefish, by improving stream temperatures, restoring sediment to the areas downstream of the dam, and likely restoring fish passage. In addition, the dam removal will expose whitewater rapids not seen for over a century. American Whitewater produced images predicting what the restored area might look like as a means of stimulating conversation among local stakeholders.
In addition to the removal of Millpond Dam, the Settlement Agreement and new federal order require the construction of a cold-water release pipe and a new release schedule for Sullivan Dam, which will remain in place at the outlet of Sullivan Lake. These measures will improve downstream fish habitat, and will provide significant paddling opportunities in September and October in the Class IV/V canyon section of Sullivan Creek. Details can be found on the gage description secion of the AW Sullivan Creek webpage. Lastly, significant wood and rock habitat structures will be added to sections of Sullivan Creek up and downstream of the canyon, and the design of these structures will consider AW’s recreational considerations.
This project is one of the most exciting and creative projects we have had the privilege of working on. The people involved – utility representatives, state and federal agency personnel, NGO staffers, and members of the public – each brought ideas and energy to the process and considered proposals with open minds. The result is good for the river, local citizens, paddlers, and the dam owners.
Now the fun part starts! American Whitewater will continue our active role in implementing the removal of Millpond Dam and the other elements of the Settlement Agreement.”
posted March 21, 2013
by Kevin Colburn

http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Article/view/articleid/31650/display/full/



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World Kayak Regions 2013-11-16 16:43:18

saskia wrote 1529 days ago:


The article below was posted on March 21st by Kevin Colburn on the American Whitewater website. Sullivan Creek has been a favorite of Spokane Kayakers for many years. It’s great to see the collaborative effort to improve fish habitat and the bonus of revealing new rapids. Hopefully most were able to get up north for a run down Sullivan this fall.

“Yesterday, Federal approval was granted for the removal of Millpond Dam on Northeast Washington’s Sullivan Creek. Millpond Dam is a 134-foot-long, 55-foot-high concrete dam with an 850-foot-long, 10-foot-high earthen dike that currently creates a 63-acre reservoir. Millpond Dam has blocked Sullivan Creek since 1909, and removal should be completed within the next 5 years.
Dam removal settlement talks began in 2008 when American Whitewater, the US Forest Service, and the State of Washington successfully challenged a federal decision to give up jurisdiction over the dam, which had not generated power since 1956. As the settlement parties struggled with how to protect local ratepayers of the small Public Utility District that owns the dam from bearing the costs of removal, a compelling idea surfaced. Sullivan Creek flows into a reservoir on the Pend d’oreille River that is formed by Seattle City and Light’s (SCL) enormous Boundary Dam, which happened to be undergoing relicensing. Settlement talks expanded to include SCL, who ultimately agreed to fund the removal of Millpond Dam as mitigation for their project’s ongoing operation. Settlement was reached in March of 2010.
The removal of Millpond Dam is expected to benefit native redband and cutthroat trout, as well as mountain whitefish, by improving stream temperatures, restoring sediment to the areas downstream of the dam, and likely restoring fish passage. In addition, the dam removal will expose whitewater rapids not seen for over a century. American Whitewater produced images predicting what the restored area might look like as a means of stimulating conversation among local stakeholders.
In addition to the removal of Millpond Dam, the Settlement Agreement and new federal order require the construction of a cold-water release pipe and a new release schedule for Sullivan Dam, which will remain in place at the outlet of Sullivan Lake. These measures will improve downstream fish habitat, and will provide significant paddling opportunities in September and October in the Class IV/V canyon section of Sullivan Creek. Details can be found on the gage description secion of the AW Sullivan Creek webpage. Lastly, significant wood and rock habitat structures will be added to sections of Sullivan Creek up and downstream of the canyon, and the design of these structures will consider AW’s recreational considerations.
This project is one of the most exciting and creative projects we have had the privilege of working on. The people involved – utility representatives, state and federal agency personnel, NGO staffers, and members of the public – each brought ideas and energy to the process and considered proposals with open minds. The result is good for the river, local citizens, paddlers, and the dam owners.
Now the fun part starts! American Whitewater will continue our active role in implementing the removal of Millpond Dam and the other elements of the Settlement Agreement.”
posted March 21, 2013
by Kevin Colburn

http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Article/view/articleid/31650/display/full/



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World Kayak Regions 2013-11-16 16:43:18

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The article below was posted on March 21st by Kevin Colburn on the American Whitewater website. Sullivan Creek has been a favorite of Spokane Kayakers for many years. It’s great to see the collaborative effort to improve fish habitat and the bonus of revealing new rapids. Hopefully most were able to get up north for a run down Sullivan this fall.

“Yesterday, Federal approval was granted for the removal of Millpond Dam on Northeast Washington’s Sullivan Creek. Millpond Dam is a 134-foot-long, 55-foot-high concrete dam with an 850-foot-long, 10-foot-high earthen dike that currently creates a 63-acre reservoir. Millpond Dam has blocked Sullivan Creek since 1909, and removal should be completed within the next 5 years.
Dam removal settlement talks began in 2008 when American Whitewater, the US Forest Service, and the State of Washington successfully challenged a federal decision to give up jurisdiction over the dam, which had not generated power since 1956. As the settlement parties struggled with how to protect local ratepayers of the small Public Utility District that owns the dam from bearing the costs of removal, a compelling idea surfaced. Sullivan Creek flows into a reservoir on the Pend d’oreille River that is formed by Seattle City and Light’s (SCL) enormous Boundary Dam, which happened to be undergoing relicensing. Settlement talks expanded to include SCL, who ultimately agreed to fund the removal of Millpond Dam as mitigation for their project’s ongoing operation. Settlement was reached in March of 2010.
The removal of Millpond Dam is expected to benefit native redband and cutthroat trout, as well as mountain whitefish, by improving stream temperatures, restoring sediment to the areas downstream of the dam, and likely restoring fish passage. In addition, the dam removal will expose whitewater rapids not seen for over a century. American Whitewater produced images predicting what the restored area might look like as a means of stimulating conversation among local stakeholders.
In addition to the removal of Millpond Dam, the Settlement Agreement and new federal order require the construction of a cold-water release pipe and a new release schedule for Sullivan Dam, which will remain in place at the outlet of Sullivan Lake. These measures will improve downstream fish habitat, and will provide significant paddling opportunities in September and October in the Class IV/V canyon section of Sullivan Creek. Details can be found on the gage description secion of the AW Sullivan Creek webpage. Lastly, significant wood and rock habitat structures will be added to sections of Sullivan Creek up and downstream of the canyon, and the design of these structures will consider AW’s recreational considerations.
This project is one of the most exciting and creative projects we have had the privilege of working on. The people involved – utility representatives, state and federal agency personnel, NGO staffers, and members of the public – each brought ideas and energy to the process and considered proposals with open minds. The result is good for the river, local citizens, paddlers, and the dam owners.
Now the fun part starts! American Whitewater will continue our active role in implementing the removal of Millpond Dam and the other elements of the Settlement Agreement.”
posted March 21, 2013
by Kevin Colburn

http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Article/view/articleid/31650/display/full/



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