Floods, fish and farms: Floodplain project on the Snoqualmie’s Carlson stretch resets river’s history

Dan Eastman, Mary Maier and Perry Falcone give a tour of the Upper Carlson Floodplain Restoration Project near Fall City. The project will make long-lasting improvements in fish habitat and flood protection, but closes the stretch below Fall City to floaters for the rest of the season. - Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo
  • Today at 3:13PM

Uprooted trees lay flattened in the glare of the sun on the north bank of the Snoqualmie River. The dirt, churned up for the first time in decades, was a uniform, sun-baked beige color, and in its narrow channel, the river lazed past, too quiet to drown out the surprised chatter from a group of visitors. Almost two months along, the $4 million Upper Carlson floodplain project looked rough when the Snoqualmie Watershed Forum stopped here on its annual floodplain tour July 16. But it was also a good example of the Forum’s efforts on what presenters called “the three F’s,” fish, farms and flooding.

Sold-out Twin Peaks Fest starts Friday in North Bend

  • Today at 3:04PM

Fans of the cult phenomenon “Twin Peaks” will come from all over the world Aug. 1 through 3 to eat doughnuts and cherry pie, meet friends, watch David Lynch films, visit the filming locations in the Valley, and generally just celebrate their passion for the early 90s television show. Tickets for the 21-year-old event sold out in early June; typically about 150 people attend the festival, which has its base at the Sallal Grange Hall in North Bend.

Past Tolt floodplain project untested, but working well for fish

  • Today at 3:03PM

Since the fall of 2009 when King County completed a levee removal project in Tolt Mac-Donald Park, Carnation, the Tolt River hasn’t seen significant flooding. It’s a good thing for the surrounding area, but not a true test of the project, which is similar to the Upper Carlson Floodplain Restoration project underway near Fall City.

Time to vote: State, judge races on the Valley's August primary ballot

  • Today at 3:01PM

A handful of Snoqualmie Valley offices are on the state’s primary ballot, sent out to all voters earlier this month. Voters can make their choices for the candidates to appear on the November general election ballot at the federal, state and judicial level.

Carnation barn inspires, hosts night of arts and dance

  • Today at 3:00PM

An arts event, CabinFever’s Premier of “Salutations: A Tour Through Your Departure and Arrival” is 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1 and 2, at Carnation Tree Farm, 31523 N.E. 40th St., Carnation. CabinFever, a Seattle performing arts company, does an original show, with dance, music and artistic installation inspired by the house barn of Roger Thorson. The show explores the power of the witness and how a home serves as the constant in the lives of the hearts who inhabit them. Each evening show will include an artist talk-back.

Community Events, July 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Jul 23 edition online now. Browse the archives.