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June 22, 2011

Wes Childers is among a group of Entiat Valley property owners who are getting more than a little nervous about the activities occurring upstream from their riverfront homes. Their concerns are with regard to stream habitat work being planned by the Yakima Nations. Steve Hair reports . . .
The work would include building a series of log dams designed to help enhance salmon habitat. It’s a project that is being done in concert with the US Forest Sevice and the Chelan/Douglas Land Trust.
We contacted Entiat River District Ranger, Janet Flannigan who says the projects are currently under National Environmental Protection Act review (NEPA).
Flannigan says she’s aware of the concerns being expressed by the downstream property owners. She says the work being performed by the Forest Service will involve some side channel work that will also utilize log dams. But Flannigan stresses that the public will have a say in what is eventually permitted . .
The projects will be discussed Thursday when the Upper Columbia River Salmon Recovery Board meets in Wenatchee.

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