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Silt & Logjams in our Rivers: Who is responsible?

Op/Ed by Pearl Rains-Hewett
Posted 12/6/2012
Clallam County, WA – Who in our government cares about destructive logjams?
(Just destruction of a bridge? roads? and private property)
To: County Commissioners and Others
Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 1:59 PM
Subject: Fw: ELWHA RIVER ID TAGGED LOGS
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
ELWHA RIVER ID TAGGED LOGS (LARGE WOOD DEBRIS OR ENGINEERED LOG JAM?)

Location,

George C. Rains Sr. Trust ONP Inholder land Elwha River

 

Near/on private property Elwha River Recreational Campsite

 

Found on Sunday Sept. 9, 2012
Photographed on Sept, 18, 2012
I am concerned, the location of the log jam threatens to flood out and destroy George C. Rains Sr. Trust
private property located in Clallam County, property ID #71087- 0729081404900000.
Who is responsible? Who put the logs there? What are they? Why are they there? How did they get there?
Please help me identify the responsible party.
Pearl Rains Hewett Trustee
George C. Rains Sr. Estate
ONP inholder

We know the WHY, explained perfectly by Brooke’s comment to the PDN.

 

Brooke Dorhofer · Top Commenter
Where are they dropping logs in the river to float down stream?…..I would like to know what agency is doing this? I realize the damage trees can cause. Big timber has been wreaking havoc in our river at excelerated rates but Not by dumping. Dumping or removing anything in our rivers is against the law. The WDFW’s let it run wild law. That’s been part of this whole mess. Before they gained control of the rivers landowners were allowed to go out on the river bars and remove naturally formed DANGER logjams between spawning periods. This allowed the rivers to stay on track. When these HUGE obstructions are allowed to build in the river, water has to redirect itself. In many cases this can cause extensive land destruction in the river and powerful undercutting erosion along its banks. Tearing up everything in its path.

 

ELWHA RIVER TAGGED LOGS LOGJAM

 

I am concerned that  the location of the log jam threatens to flood out and destroy George C. Rains Sr. Trust private INHOLDER property located  ON THE ELWHA RIVER in Clallam County, property ID #71087- 0729081404900000.

 

 

I sent an email to our Clallam County Commissioners? NO response.
The PDN article, fish going up Little River? REALLY? I thought there was a FISH BARRIER blocking culvert? Could this explain the planned $$$$$ highway project on the Olympic Hot Springs Road? Part of WA State $1.5 BILLION Dollar FISH Culvert Project?
Pearl Rains Hewett

 

Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 7:52 AM
Subject: Re: TAGGED LOGS ON THE ELWHA RIVER
I emailed the following to the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. Thanks for your help. 
Is the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe responsible for the TAGGED LOGS ON THE ELWHA RIVER?
There is a cluster of logs tagged near/by/on private inholder property, one is identified as #5000?
I received the following information.
The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe has attached tiny numbered tags on the stumps and recorded their location to learn more about how big wood migrates in the river corridor. Large woody debris is a key piece of a healthy river. The big stumps, logs, and root wads trap gravel and create side channels and pools used by fish and other animals.
Thank you,
Pearl Rains Hewett Trustee
George C. Rains Sr Estate.

maybe this is why the tags??

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe has attached tiny numbered tags on the stumps and recorded their location to learn more about how big wood migrates in the river corridor. Large woody debris is a key piece of a healthy river. The big stumps, logs, and root wads trap gravel and create side channels and pools used by fish and other animals.

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