[8/26/16] Runoff Effects

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Chelan powerhouse. 1995
Chelan powerhouse

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.