A breakdown of bad faith talks between DOE and the Kittitas County Commissioners resulted in an exempt well moratorium in the upper county. Supposedly, it all has to do with the results of a study, already funded by the legislature, on the effects of ground water extraction and surface water. You would think that everyone affected by the moratorium would be following the study closely. Not really. It is a foregone conclusion that future ground water extraction will have to be mitigated. Count on it. In fact, the moratorium could spread to other parts of this county. In retrospect, Jeremy’s point about fact-based decisions is well taken.
Whatatrip was asking about water information. The Reclamation site is the best tool out there. Here it is:
The BOR, like all federal organizations, don’t always give you straight information because of bureaucracy, political correctness, and legal issues. By reading these numbers regularly you can pretty much determine too much (flood) or too little (drought) water conditions. I like it because you can get a daily water flow for fishing or floating.
I kayak’ed Swauk Creek to Thorp a few days ago. There was a big fly hatch between Swauk and Taneum Creeks and I saw a lot of jumpers. Even spotted one of the guide boats hooked up with a big one. Baby waterfowl are everywhere. I’m glad the floating season is finally here. Speaking of Thorp, don’t forget to attend the Thorp Mill Dinner and Auction at the Party Barn on Sat. May 29th. BYOB because, as you know, the T&E is no longer with us, RIP.