July 14, 2011
A controversy is brewing over the Grant County PUD’s plans for salmon restoration work on the
White River. The PUD has applied for permits to Chelan County and government agencies to build ponds and tanks on
18 acres of wetlands it purchased north of Lake Wenatchee.
Grant County PUD hopes to
begin construction by May 2012 and be operational by fall 2013. It would fill the ponds with water from the White
River to hold and acclimate about 150,000 spring Chinook smolts. Migratory fish held in river water imprint to
that waterway and hopefully return there to spawn.
Grant County’s proposed
salmon acclimation ponds on the White River have a number of detractors, including the Chelan Douglas Land Trust.
The Land Trust owns 400 acres of land next to the Grant County PUD site.
Executive director Bob Bugert said
the preservation of the pristine White River, in its natural state, is a main concern for the Land Trust: