River’s Up!

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.

End of January, the river was about at low summer depth.  Scary.

End of January, the river was about at low summer depth. Scary.

Snow during the second week of February.

Snow during the second week of February.

Up to the lip, and muddy.

Up to the lip, and muddy.  Feb. 20.

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About susankerrshawn

Retired Hakomi therapist and body worker; community activist; writer; environmentalist. Happily married to an amazing man. Thinking about many things as I reflect on my nearby river, the Willamette, a trustworthy spiritual guide if there ever was one! And how it is to live with a terminal diagnosis of kidney cancer.
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2 Responses to River’s Up!

  1. brucethomasw says:

    We are having similar well needed rain here on Vancouver Island. I re-shingled a roof in mid-january and it was 18 degrees C (65 F) outside. More like early summer. I think this is our new normal – unpredictable weather. Thank God for the past few weeks of rain and the snow pack that is forming fast and deep in the mountains – about 4 months behind schedule, but better late than never. I worry for the times ahead for the planet, but I also need to accept that the reality of system collapse may be unavoidable. I’ll never stop working to avert this though.

  2. Yeah, the folks in our little community here by the river are all more or less preparing for system collapse, and trying to avert the worst of it if possible. Hard to know which way to turn at times. I’ve been reading history lately, of WWII and the Civil War, and for some reason it helps. Things have actually been worse in our country – in a different way. The problem now, of course, is the planet itself, and the impacts of international capitalism run amok. Never give up, never give up, never give up – says the Dalai Lama!

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