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High temperatures melt previous optimism about summer water supplies

High temperatures melt previous optimism about summer water supplies

The hefty mountain snowpack that blanketed mountains around the Methow Valley at the beginning of April has rapidly melted away during the warm weather of recent weeks. On April 1, the snowpack in the upper Columbia River basin, which…
Benson Creek residents get close-up look at fire and flood effects

Benson Creek residents get close-up look at fire and flood effects

With rain adding more moisture to ground already saturated from snowmelt, an engineer, habitat biologists and a conservation planner took interested Benson Creek residents to a dam high in the Benson Creek watershed to explain repairs that will be …
Warm weather turns streams loose, flooding roads and property

Warm weather turns streams loose, flooding roads and property

A spate of warm weather has been causing streams to overflow their banks and carve new channels, making some roads impassable and flooding private property around the valley. Some driveways, where people say they haven’t seen water for decades — if ever — have turned into ponds. Some of the runoff appears to be connected with wildfires …
Heavy runoff and sediment cause minor flooding, road closures around valley

Heavy runoff and sediment cause minor flooding, road closures around valley

Melting snow and saturated soils in parts of the Methow Valley have spawned new streams, caused small mudslides, and washed out roads that became inundated when culverts became clogged with sediment and an unusually high volume of water. One section of Rendezvous Road was so wet last week that a new culvert floated in the...
New culvert diverts water under Highway 153

New culvert diverts water under Highway 153

A new, larger culvert that carries water and runoff under Highway 153 about 1 mile south of Black Canyon was installed last Friday (March 11) by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The new culvert was able to handle the large volume of water that was still cascading down the hillside this past weekend....
Rain, warm temperatures threaten statewide snowpack

Rain, warm temperatures threaten statewide snowpack

While the statewide snowpack remains healthy, warmer-than-normal temperatures and lots of rain in recent weeks are quickly melting lower and mid-elevation snow and could pose the risk of spring flooding if the warm, wet trend continues. “Overall snowpack [statewide] is at 101 percent of normal. We’re feeling pretty good about that considering we’re coming into mid-March,”...
Mudslides near Black Canyon close Highway 153

Mudslides near Black Canyon close Highway 153

A major slide of mud and rocks about 1 mile south of Black Canyon closed state Highway 153 early Sunday (March 6) after heavy rain fell overnight. Crews from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) were on scene Sunday morning clearing debris and water from the roadway at three sites. The most serious slide was...
Mudslides near Black Canyon close Highway 153

Mudslides near Black Canyon close Highway 153

WSDOT crews at scene; working to install temporary culvert By Marcy Stamper A major slide of mud and rocks about 1 mile south of Black Canyon closed state Highway 153 early Sunday (March 6) after heavy rain fell overnight. Crews from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) were on scene Sunday morning clearing debris...
Reviewing options for ravaged watershed

Reviewing options for ravaged watershed

Risks from erosion, mudslides and floods remain high in the Benson Creek watershed, which was ravaged by wildfire and floods almost two years ago. Federal and state agency officials and conservation planners are exploring options for …
Environmental group sues to stop logging in Loup Loup watershed

Environmental group sues to stop logging in Loup Loup watershed

An environmental organization has appealed the state’s plans to log 1,200 acres of timber that burned in summer 2015 in the Loup Loup watershed because they say that clearing forests with heavy machinery — particularly after a fire — poses serious risks of erosion. “Research has shown this type of logging dramatically boosts soil erosion, crushes …