Allen Canyon Creek


Allen Canyon Creek has been dry for several weeks but has a little flow after last week’s rain.   Fish, including Coho, have been trapped in the few low places along the creek.  So, the first fall rains  have freed the trapped fish.  Allen Canyon Creek always runs very clear except for the most intense rainstorms.  It means clean gravels for fish to spawn in and for fry to hide.  This year, however, there is a new threat.  The dirt from the excavation on Mill street that will contain the future police station has been  dumped next to a ravine that flows a few hundred feet into Allen Canyon Creek.  Downstream from that is where we maintain a salmon incubator and where there are two pools with this year’s Coho fry.  I exchanged e-mails with the developer and contractor which led to the silt fence being installed.  It is  improperly installed  and not bedded.  We have heavy rain  predicted for tomorrow.  With the entire area being sloped and full of bare ground it could be very bad for a small creek.  Last week,  I reached out to lot of people in the state and then in the county to try to get something done.  But, nothing yet.  I’m dreading what will happen tomorrow.

By Paul Snoey 

About Paul Snoey

I have a degree in Biology and Environmental Science from WSU Vancouver
I am very fond of Gee Creek and Allen Canyon Creek and do a lot of volunteer work to restore these creeks.

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