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Floods, fish and farms: Floodplain project on the Snoqualmie’s Carlson stretch resets river’s history
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.
Community Events, August 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.