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Recent Woody Debris Update 2/2/2011
While most people see the recent release of a white paper by the Department of Fish and Wildlife weighing in on the issue of putting woody debris into Lake Chelan as a breakthrough of sorts, County Commissioner Doug England isn’t so sure:"CLICK HERE" for Audio
England’s main concern is that eliminating large woody debris as one option of mitigation for the installation of structures on Lake Chelan only forces people to choose from other, often more expensive forms of relief.

The commissioner originally thought that digging deeper after a preliminary read-through of the paper would present more useful options:

The next test on the issue will come when the Department of Ecology hearings board considers an appeal from the Lake Chelan Sailing Association concerning a recently approved dock that, at this point, requires the placement of large woody debris. Mediation is ongoing, and a hearing is expected to take place this month.