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Subject:  Re: random musing on Sandy Date:  12/10/2012  11:40 AM
Author:  Jeanwa Number:  414513 of 506934

True. After all, many floodplains are near rivers, rather than coasts.


I don't know how it is in other areas, but here it seems like the city, Corp of Engineers and the Dept of Fish and Wildlife can't get together on the maintenance of the river that runs through our town.

The Corp built a dike back in the 60s I think. Before I got here in 1972. The city's responsibility was to keep the channel clean and the brush off the banks. Anything over two inches in diameter had to be cut. They usually did this in the spring, bringing in heavy equipment to remove the rock build up in the channel.

The Dept of Fish and Wildlife put a stop to this practice. The distance from the bottom of the bridge used to be 8 feet, now it's less than 6.

In 1996 we had a heavy snow fall then warm weather, melting the mountain snow faster than the river could handle the flow. The areas next to the dike flooded as the waters went higher than the dike.

If the channel had been kept to the previous depth there would have been no flood.

It's frustrating to see different government departments arguing with each other instead of trying to work for a balance between flood prevention and fish habitat.

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