As you read this, the East Fork Lewis River aquifer is being further degraded primarily by gravel mining, impacting groundwater flow patterns and function in the flood plain. Continued stream bank erosion and associated sediment triggered from past gravel mining continues to cause channel instability. The result, fine sediment continues to smother ESA listed salmon and steelhead redds in the lower East Fork. This is not the way to treat Clark County’s nationally recognized steelhead sanctuary river… home of the state record 32 lb. 12 oz. 48″ steelhead.
Photo: Gravel mining on 300 acres of prime agriculture land in the East Fork Lewis River floodplain below Daybreak Bridge.
With Your Help, The East Fork Lewis River, A Sanctuary Stream Can Be Saved!