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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
  • Jul 29, 2014 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.

 

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5-day closure of River Street for road, RR work

  • Today at 10:00AM

Snoqualmie Public Works gave word of a five-day closure of Southeast River Street, downtown, between Railroad Avenue and Maple Avenue, happening next week. The closure will start at 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4, through 5 p.m., Friday Aug. 8, and happens all day.

Past Tolt floodplain project untested, but working well for fish

  • Jul 29, 2014 at 3:00PM updated Jul 31, 2014 at 3:54PM

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.

Alpine Lake expansion takes strong step toward reality

  • Jul 31, 2014 at 11:25AM

Federal legislation expanding the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and designating both the Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers as "Wild and Scenic" has passed a significant milestone. The Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act (H.R. 361) passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee with a favorable recommendation.

Be safe: National Night Out coming to Snoqualmie Police station

  • Jul 30, 2014 at 5:17PM

The Upper Valley’s second annual National Night Out is 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the Snoqualmie Police station, 34825 S.E. Douglas St. Residents of Snoqualmie and North Bend are invited to take part. The evening includes a barbecue and activities for families and children, a bouncy house, mechanical bull, airbrush tattoos, and vendors talking about safety awareness and providing information.

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