World Kayak Regions 2013-11-16 16:43:18

The article below was posted on March 21st by Kevin Colburn on the American Whitewater website. Sullivan Creek has been a favorite of Spokane Kayakers for many years. It’s great to see the collaborative effort to improve fish habitat and the bonus of revealing new rapids. Hopefully most were able to get up north for a run down Sullivan this fall.

“Yesterday, Federal approval was granted for the removal of Millpond Dam on Northeast Washington’s Sullivan Creek. Millpond Dam is a 134-foot-long, 55-foot-high concrete dam with an 850-foot-long, 10-foot-high earthen dike that currently creates a 63-acre reservoir. Millpond Dam has blocked Sullivan Creek since 1909, and removal should be completed within the next 5 years.
Dam removal settlement talks began in 2008 when American Whitewater, the US Forest Service, and the State of Washington successfully challenged a federal decision to give up jurisdiction over the dam, which had not generated power since 1956. As the settlement parties struggled with how to protect local ratepayers of the small Public Utility District that owns the dam from bearing the costs of removal, a compelling idea surfaced. Sullivan Creek flows into a reservoir on the Pend d’oreille River that is formed by Seattle City and Light’s (SCL) enormous Boundary Dam, which happened to be undergoing relicensing. Settlement talks expanded to include SCL, who ultimately agreed to fund the removal of Millpond Dam as mitigation for their project’s ongoing operation. Settlement was reached in March of 2010.
The removal of Millpond Dam is expected to benefit native redband and cutthroat trout, as well as mountain whitefish, by improving stream temperatures, restoring sediment to the areas downstream of the dam, and likely restoring fish passage. In addition, the dam removal will expose whitewater rapids not seen for over a century. American Whitewater produced images predicting what the restored area might look like as a means of stimulating conversation among local stakeholders.
In addition to the removal of Millpond Dam, the Settlement Agreement and new federal order require the construction of a cold-water release pipe and a new release schedule for Sullivan Dam, which will remain in place at the outlet of Sullivan Lake. These measures will improve downstream fish habitat, and will provide significant paddling opportunities in September and October in the Class IV/V canyon section of Sullivan Creek. Details can be found on the gage description secion of the AW Sullivan Creek webpage. Lastly, significant wood and rock habitat structures will be added to sections of Sullivan Creek up and downstream of the canyon, and the design of these structures will consider AW’s recreational considerations.
This project is one of the most exciting and creative projects we have had the privilege of working on. The people involved – utility representatives, state and federal agency personnel, NGO staffers, and members of the public – each brought ideas and energy to the process and considered proposals with open minds. The result is good for the river, local citizens, paddlers, and the dam owners.
Now the fun part starts! American Whitewater will continue our active role in implementing the removal of Millpond Dam and the other elements of the Settlement Agreement.”
posted March 21, 2013
by Kevin Colburn

http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Article/view/articleid/31650/display/full/

World Kayak Regions 2013-11-16 16:43:18

The article below was posted on March 21st by Kevin Colburn on the American Whitewater website. Sullivan Creek has been a favorite of Spokane Kayakers for many years. It’s great to see the collaborative effort to improve fish habitat and the bonus of revealing new rapids. Hopefully most were able to get up north for a run down Sullivan this fall.

“Yesterday, Federal approval was granted for the removal of Millpond Dam on Northeast Washington’s Sullivan Creek. Millpond Dam is a 134-foot-long, 55-foot-high concrete dam with an 850-foot-long, 10-foot-high earthen dike that currently creates a 63-acre reservoir. Millpond Dam has blocked Sullivan Creek since 1909, and removal should be completed within the next 5 years.
Dam removal settlement talks began in 2008 when American Whitewater, the US Forest Service, and the State of Washington successfully challenged a federal decision to give up jurisdiction over the dam, which had not generated power since 1956. As the settlement parties struggled with how to protect local ratepayers of the small Public Utility District that owns the dam from bearing the costs of removal, a compelling idea surfaced. Sullivan Creek flows into a reservoir on the Pend d’oreille River that is formed by Seattle City and Light’s (SCL) enormous Boundary Dam, which happened to be undergoing relicensing. Settlement talks expanded to include SCL, who ultimately agreed to fund the removal of Millpond Dam as mitigation for their project’s ongoing operation. Settlement was reached in March of 2010.
The removal of Millpond Dam is expected to benefit native redband and cutthroat trout, as well as mountain whitefish, by improving stream temperatures, restoring sediment to the areas downstream of the dam, and likely restoring fish passage. In addition, the dam removal will expose whitewater rapids not seen for over a century. American Whitewater produced images predicting what the restored area might look like as a means of stimulating conversation among local stakeholders.
In addition to the removal of Millpond Dam, the Settlement Agreement and new federal order require the construction of a cold-water release pipe and a new release schedule for Sullivan Dam, which will remain in place at the outlet of Sullivan Lake. These measures will improve downstream fish habitat, and will provide significant paddling opportunities in September and October in the Class IV/V canyon section of Sullivan Creek. Details can be found on the gage description secion of the AW Sullivan Creek webpage. Lastly, significant wood and rock habitat structures will be added to sections of Sullivan Creek up and downstream of the canyon, and the design of these structures will consider AW’s recreational considerations.
This project is one of the most exciting and creative projects we have had the privilege of working on. The people involved – utility representatives, state and federal agency personnel, NGO staffers, and members of the public – each brought ideas and energy to the process and considered proposals with open minds. The result is good for the river, local citizens, paddlers, and the dam owners.
Now the fun part starts! American Whitewater will continue our active role in implementing the removal of Millpond Dam and the other elements of the Settlement Agreement.”
posted March 21, 2013
by Kevin Colburn

http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Article/view/articleid/31650/display/full/

World Kayak Regions 2013-11-16 16:43:18

The article below was posted on March 21st by Kevin Colburn on the American Whitewater website. Sullivan Creek has been a favorite of Spokane Kayakers for many years. It’s great to see the collaborative effort to improve fish habitat and the bonus of revealing new rapids. Hopefully most were able to get up north for a run down Sullivan this fall.

“Yesterday, Federal approval was granted for the removal of Millpond Dam on Northeast Washington’s Sullivan Creek. Millpond Dam is a 134-foot-long, 55-foot-high concrete dam with an 850-foot-long, 10-foot-high earthen dike that currently creates a 63-acre reservoir. Millpond Dam has blocked Sullivan Creek since 1909, and removal should be completed within the next 5 years.
Dam removal settlement talks began in 2008 when American Whitewater, the US Forest Service, and the State of Washington successfully challenged a federal decision to give up jurisdiction over the dam, which had not generated power since 1956. As the settlement parties struggled with how to protect local ratepayers of the small Public Utility District that owns the dam from bearing the costs of removal, a compelling idea surfaced. Sullivan Creek flows into a reservoir on the Pend d’oreille River that is formed by Seattle City and Light’s (SCL) enormous Boundary Dam, which happened to be undergoing relicensing. Settlement talks expanded to include SCL, who ultimately agreed to fund the removal of Millpond Dam as mitigation for their project’s ongoing operation. Settlement was reached in March of 2010.
The removal of Millpond Dam is expected to benefit native redband and cutthroat trout, as well as mountain whitefish, by improving stream temperatures, restoring sediment to the areas downstream of the dam, and likely restoring fish passage. In addition, the dam removal will expose whitewater rapids not seen for over a century. American Whitewater produced images predicting what the restored area might look like as a means of stimulating conversation among local stakeholders.
In addition to the removal of Millpond Dam, the Settlement Agreement and new federal order require the construction of a cold-water release pipe and a new release schedule for Sullivan Dam, which will remain in place at the outlet of Sullivan Lake. These measures will improve downstream fish habitat, and will provide significant paddling opportunities in September and October in the Class IV/V canyon section of Sullivan Creek. Details can be found on the gage description secion of the AW Sullivan Creek webpage. Lastly, significant wood and rock habitat structures will be added to sections of Sullivan Creek up and downstream of the canyon, and the design of these structures will consider AW’s recreational considerations.
This project is one of the most exciting and creative projects we have had the privilege of working on. The people involved – utility representatives, state and federal agency personnel, NGO staffers, and members of the public – each brought ideas and energy to the process and considered proposals with open minds. The result is good for the river, local citizens, paddlers, and the dam owners.
Now the fun part starts! American Whitewater will continue our active role in implementing the removal of Millpond Dam and the other elements of the Settlement Agreement.”
posted March 21, 2013
by Kevin Colburn

http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Article/view/articleid/31650/display/full/

World Kayak Regions 2013-11-16 16:43:18

The article below was posted on March 21st by Kevin Colburn on the American Whitewater website. Sullivan Creek has been a favorite of Spokane Kayakers for many years. It’s great to see the collaborative effort to improve fish habitat and the bonus of revealing new rapids. Hopefully most were able to get up north for a run down Sullivan this fall.

“Yesterday, Federal approval was granted for the removal of Millpond Dam on Northeast Washington’s Sullivan Creek. Millpond Dam is a 134-foot-long, 55-foot-high concrete dam with an 850-foot-long, 10-foot-high earthen dike that currently creates a 63-acre reservoir. Millpond Dam has blocked Sullivan Creek since 1909, and removal should be completed within the next 5 years.
Dam removal settlement talks began in 2008 when American Whitewater, the US Forest Service, and the State of Washington successfully challenged a federal decision to give up jurisdiction over the dam, which had not generated power since 1956. As the settlement parties struggled with how to protect local ratepayers of the small Public Utility District that owns the dam from bearing the costs of removal, a compelling idea surfaced. Sullivan Creek flows into a reservoir on the Pend d’oreille River that is formed by Seattle City and Light’s (SCL) enormous Boundary Dam, which happened to be undergoing relicensing. Settlement talks expanded to include SCL, who ultimately agreed to fund the removal of Millpond Dam as mitigation for their project’s ongoing operation. Settlement was reached in March of 2010.
The removal of Millpond Dam is expected to benefit native redband and cutthroat trout, as well as mountain whitefish, by improving stream temperatures, restoring sediment to the areas downstream of the dam, and likely restoring fish passage. In addition, the dam removal will expose whitewater rapids not seen for over a century. American Whitewater produced images predicting what the restored area might look like as a means of stimulating conversation among local stakeholders.
In addition to the removal of Millpond Dam, the Settlement Agreement and new federal order require the construction of a cold-water release pipe and a new release schedule for Sullivan Dam, which will remain in place at the outlet of Sullivan Lake. These measures will improve downstream fish habitat, and will provide significant paddling opportunities in September and October in the Class IV/V canyon section of Sullivan Creek. Details can be found on the gage description secion of the AW Sullivan Creek webpage. Lastly, significant wood and rock habitat structures will be added to sections of Sullivan Creek up and downstream of the canyon, and the design of these structures will consider AW’s recreational considerations.
This project is one of the most exciting and creative projects we have had the privilege of working on. The people involved – utility representatives, state and federal agency personnel, NGO staffers, and members of the public – each brought ideas and energy to the process and considered proposals with open minds. The result is good for the river, local citizens, paddlers, and the dam owners.
Now the fun part starts! American Whitewater will continue our active role in implementing the removal of Millpond Dam and the other elements of the Settlement Agreement.”
posted March 21, 2013
by Kevin Colburn

http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Article/view/articleid/31650/display/full/

World Kayak Regions 2013-11-16 16:43:18

The article below was posted on March 21st by Kevin Colburn on the American Whitewater website. Sullivan Creek has been a favorite of Spokane Kayakers for many years. It’s great to see the collaborative effort to improve fish habitat and the bonus of revealing new rapids. Hopefully most were able to get up north for a run down Sullivan this fall.

“Yesterday, Federal approval was granted for the removal of Millpond Dam on Northeast Washington’s Sullivan Creek. Millpond Dam is a 134-foot-long, 55-foot-high concrete dam with an 850-foot-long, 10-foot-high earthen dike that currently creates a 63-acre reservoir. Millpond Dam has blocked Sullivan Creek since 1909, and removal should be completed within the next 5 years.
Dam removal settlement talks began in 2008 when American Whitewater, the US Forest Service, and the State of Washington successfully challenged a federal decision to give up jurisdiction over the dam, which had not generated power since 1956. As the settlement parties struggled with how to protect local ratepayers of the small Public Utility District that owns the dam from bearing the costs of removal, a compelling idea surfaced. Sullivan Creek flows into a reservoir on the Pend d’oreille River that is formed by Seattle City and Light’s (SCL) enormous Boundary Dam, which happened to be undergoing relicensing. Settlement talks expanded to include SCL, who ultimately agreed to fund the removal of Millpond Dam as mitigation for their project’s ongoing operation. Settlement was reached in March of 2010.
The removal of Millpond Dam is expected to benefit native redband and cutthroat trout, as well as mountain whitefish, by improving stream temperatures, restoring sediment to the areas downstream of the dam, and likely restoring fish passage. In addition, the dam removal will expose whitewater rapids not seen for over a century. American Whitewater produced images predicting what the restored area might look like as a means of stimulating conversation among local stakeholders.
In addition to the removal of Millpond Dam, the Settlement Agreement and new federal order require the construction of a cold-water release pipe and a new release schedule for Sullivan Dam, which will remain in place at the outlet of Sullivan Lake. These measures will improve downstream fish habitat, and will provide significant paddling opportunities in September and October in the Class IV/V canyon section of Sullivan Creek. Details can be found on the gage description secion of the AW Sullivan Creek webpage. Lastly, significant wood and rock habitat structures will be added to sections of Sullivan Creek up and downstream of the canyon, and the design of these structures will consider AW’s recreational considerations.
This project is one of the most exciting and creative projects we have had the privilege of working on. The people involved – utility representatives, state and federal agency personnel, NGO staffers, and members of the public – each brought ideas and energy to the process and considered proposals with open minds. The result is good for the river, local citizens, paddlers, and the dam owners.
Now the fun part starts! American Whitewater will continue our active role in implementing the removal of Millpond Dam and the other elements of the Settlement Agreement.”
posted March 21, 2013
by Kevin Colburn

http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Article/view/articleid/31650/display/full/

Sea-Tac Boater Bio #5 – Carson Lyness

World Kayak Sea-Tac region is made up of boaters of all ages, styles, interests, and experiences. Every other week, I ask a series of questions to one member of our community, and share their answers here:

Meet Carson

Where are you from and where do you live now? I am from Salt Lake City and now am going to school at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.

What you do when you’re not paddling (what’s your day job?) I am a student studying Biology, Spanish, and Environmental Policy and Decision Making.

When and how were you first introduced to kayaking? I was in my first kayak with my dad on a beautiful flat water section in Idaho when I was two and have been kayaking on and off ever since.

What goals do you have for this year and/or your lifetime boating career? This year I want to become a better class IV boater and spend less time upside down. I also want to continue to teach for and expand the amazing Puget Sound Kayak Club!

What’s your favorite river/run in the Seattle-Tacoma area? At this point my favorite run is the Middle Middle on the Snoqualmie.

What is it about kayaking/rafting/SUPing… that you love? I love kayaking because it puts me in an environment where I must be adaptable and alert in the face of a force I cannot control. I love being able to look at a rapid and be able to see which currents to catch and to see the clear path through the insanity. I also learn a lot from the river about how to think on the move, how to make a plan but not freak out when it all falls apart, and how powerful the natural world is.

Who is your favorite person to boat with? Why? I love boating with my friend Tim because he has a lot of confidence in my boating skills and challenges me to push myself and become a better boater. I also love boating with my friend Clay because he is a very good boater, always a good person to follow through a rapid I don’t know, and is also a great teacher and motivator.

What boat do you paddle now/what is your favorite boat to paddle & why? This past year I have been paddling a King Pin 6-1 and a small Burn. I love the King Pin because it is so easy to stern stall and is forcing me to become a better boater because of its slicy edges. The Burn is a great creek boat for me. Very easy to ferry and turn and helped me off my first waterfall! I also just bought a Jackson 2Fun and can’t wait to get back to Washington to use it!

What is so great about paddling in Seattle-Tacoma? The Seattle-Tacoma area is an AMAZING paddling area. I am in Salt Lake for the summer and I am missing Washington so much because there is no water here. In the SeaTac area there are soo many rivers with sections for any boater from flat water to class IV/V. It was great for me because I came in and was able to move from class II to III to IV all within an hour of school. It is also a beautiful area to paddle in with great people to go out with.

Sea-Tac Boater Bio #5 – Carson Lyness

World Kayak Sea-Tac region is made up of boaters of all ages, styles, interests, and experiences. Every other week, I ask a series of questions to one member of our community, and share their answers here:

Meet Carson

Where are you from and where do you live now? I am from Salt Lake City and now am going to school at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.

What you do when you’re not paddling (what’s your day job?) I am a student studying Biology, Spanish, and Environmental Policy and Decision Making.

When and how were you first introduced to kayaking? I was in my first kayak with my dad on a beautiful flat water section in Idaho when I was two and have been kayaking on and off ever since.

What goals do you have for this year and/or your lifetime boating career? This year I want to become a better class IV boater and spend less time upside down. I also want to continue to teach for and expand the amazing Puget Sound Kayak Club!

What’s your favorite river/run in the Seattle-Tacoma area? At this point my favorite run is the Middle Middle on the Snoqualmie.

What is it about kayaking/rafting/SUPing… that you love? I love kayaking because it puts me in an environment where I must be adaptable and alert in the face of a force I cannot control. I love being able to look at a rapid and be able to see which currents to catch and to see the clear path through the insanity. I also learn a lot from the river about how to think on the move, how to make a plan but not freak out when it all falls apart, and how powerful the natural world is.

Who is your favorite person to boat with? Why? I love boating with my friend Tim because he has a lot of confidence in my boating skills and challenges me to push myself and become a better boater. I also love boating with my friend Clay because he is a very good boater, always a good person to follow through a rapid I don’t know, and is also a great teacher and motivator.

What boat do you paddle now/what is your favorite boat to paddle & why? This past year I have been paddling a King Pin 6-1 and a small Burn. I love the King Pin because it is so easy to stern stall and is forcing me to become a better boater because of its slicy edges. The Burn is a great creek boat for me. Very easy to ferry and turn and helped me off my first waterfall! I also just bought a Jackson 2Fun and can’t wait to get back to Washington to use it!

What is so great about paddling in Seattle-Tacoma? The Seattle-Tacoma area is an AMAZING paddling area. I am in Salt Lake for the summer and I am missing Washington so much because there is no water here. In the SeaTac area there are soo many rivers with sections for any boater from flat water to class IV/V. It was great for me because I came in and was able to move from class II to III to IV all within an hour of school. It is also a beautiful area to paddle in with great people to go out with.

Sea-Tac Boater Bio #5 – Carson Lyness

World Kayak Sea-Tac region is made up of boaters of all ages, styles, interests, and experiences. Every other week, I ask a series of questions to one member of our community, and share their answers here:

Meet Carson

Where are you from and where do you live now? I am from Salt Lake City and now am going to school at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.

What you do when you’re not paddling (what’s your day job?) I am a student studying Biology, Spanish, and Environmental Policy and Decision Making.

When and how were you first introduced to kayaking? I was in my first kayak with my dad on a beautiful flat water section in Idaho when I was two and have been kayaking on and off ever since.

What goals do you have for this year and/or your lifetime boating career? This year I want to become a better class IV boater and spend less time upside down. I also want to continue to teach for and expand the amazing Puget Sound Kayak Club!

What’s your favorite river/run in the Seattle-Tacoma area? At this point my favorite run is the Middle Middle on the Snoqualmie.

What is it about kayaking/rafting/SUPing… that you love? I love kayaking because it puts me in an environment where I must be adaptable and alert in the face of a force I cannot control. I love being able to look at a rapid and be able to see which currents to catch and to see the clear path through the insanity. I also learn a lot from the river about how to think on the move, how to make a plan but not freak out when it all falls apart, and how powerful the natural world is.

Who is your favorite person to boat with? Why? I love boating with my friend Tim because he has a lot of confidence in my boating skills and challenges me to push myself and become a better boater. I also love boating with my friend Clay because he is a very good boater, always a good person to follow through a rapid I don’t know, and is also a great teacher and motivator.

What boat do you paddle now/what is your favorite boat to paddle & why? This past year I have been paddling a King Pin 6-1 and a small Burn. I love the King Pin because it is so easy to stern stall and is forcing me to become a better boater because of its slicy edges. The Burn is a great creek boat for me. Very easy to ferry and turn and helped me off my first waterfall! I also just bought a Jackson 2Fun and can’t wait to get back to Washington to use it!

What is so great about paddling in Seattle-Tacoma? The Seattle-Tacoma area is an AMAZING paddling area. I am in Salt Lake for the summer and I am missing Washington so much because there is no water here. In the SeaTac area there are soo many rivers with sections for any boater from flat water to class IV/V. It was great for me because I came in and was able to move from class II to III to IV all within an hour of school. It is also a beautiful area to paddle in with great people to go out with.

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