[8/26/16] Runoff Effects
What’s going on with the heavy equipment in the lower section of the Chelan River by the powerhouse? Chelan County PUD has been getting some questions about that; the PUD’s license compliance supervisor, Jeff Osborn, says it’s a result of the early and fast runoff during the spring:
Osborn says the ultimate goal is to replace those deposits and put them back where they came from:
Overall, the habitat handled the high flows of the runoff better than expected:
Osborne says that since the runoff, so-called “snorkel surveys” have shown other fish species using the channel, such as chinook salmon, northern pikeminnow, rainbow and cutthroat trout, as well as non-native species like smallmouth bass.