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Chelan County Says "No More Large Woody Debris In Lake Chelan" 2/16/2011
Chelan County has become the latest in a long line of governmental entities to say “no more large woody debris in Lake Chelan.” In what has been a slow methodical dismantling of what many consider to be misguided science at best and at worst, a gross overreach by regulators, the Chelan County Commissioners formally adopted an approach that does not automatically require large root wads to be placed in Lake Chelan as a form of mitigation when docks and other structures are put in place. The decision comes after months of debate and changing attitudes. As Commissioner Doug England puts it, the science behind that approach is just not there: "CLICK HERE" for Audio
The move adds the county to the growing list of agencies, including the City of Chelan and Department of Natural Resources that do not require or even may prohibit the deposit of large woody debris into the lake.

The next test on the issue could come later this month when the Lake Chelan Sailing Association takes their appeal to the Department of Ecology hearings board concerning a recently approved dock that, at this point, requires the placement of large woody debris.