Finally, we got some rain and snow here, some sleet and freezing rain and rain, rain, and rain – starting around the first part of February. Usually our rains begin in late October, so we have had plenty of catching up to do. Snow up on Timberline is over 80 inches brand new as of this past week; not sure of the total snow pack now. It’s still a little low, but better. What a relief! Snow melt is starting to show up in my little reach, the Missing Link.
Today when Eric and I strolled down to take a look, we saw a whole tree floating by in a big hurry, on its way north. Boaters are scarce; it’s a little dangerous out there. Ducks and geese and even some sea gulls were living it up.
We had a power outage during the high winds that visited and 440,000 gallons of raw sewage went into the river when the back up generator for the nearby treatment plant malfunctioned. Ouch. In West Virginia near their capitol city of Charleston, 300,000 people have been without clean drinking water for well over a month since a coal slurry pond ruptured and flowed into the Elk River. I simply cannot imagine that – not only the impact on all their people, schools and senior centers and homes without water to bathe and drink and clean, but all the wildlife as well. Youngsters are ferrying in drinking water over mountain passes all the way from Kentucky! A brigade of compassion. But what of the deer and what of the beaver? What of their fish?
Our precious rivers, our holy rivers.