Today my wife Floie and I decided to take a walk down the Dungeness River to observe and photograph the “trending upward” flow of the river “since 1988” and the “groundwater flows into saltwater at over 90 cubic feet per second” (cfs) espoused by commissioner McEntire.
Much to our dismay we found the discharge rate of the Dungeness River today to be at 108cfs according to the Real Time Data from the USGS at 5:51 this morning. Over the last five years from 2010 through 2014 the USGS annual data shows an average annual decline of 40.6cfs per year. This does not appear to be “trending upward” as commissioner McEntire claims.
Our photo trek took us to Railroad Bridge Park, Old Olympic Highway Bridge, Mary Luke Wheeler Park 206 Ward Road and Dungeness Bay.
We observed and photographed the river at these points to illustrate how the Dungeness River is running center channel with no apparent reach or side channeling and the choking of the river with tree falls, debris and log jams.
The photos also show extremely low water levels and algae. The water was also quite warm compared to years past and the emerald green color is gone. What really sticks in our minds are the completely bone dry channels that were part of the river, they are just gone. This is just the beginning of our water worries, denial Mr. McEntire is not the correct answer.
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so, here are a few thousand word for you.
Notice, all the rocks exposed in my photo were covered in water in 2013
July 2013, Google Earth
Algae Bloom found on rivers edge to the North of the bridge
East fork of the Dungeness. Looking South is log jam at the mouth.
“Looking North at the same jam. A PERFECT illustration of why these unattended jams worry me. I snapped a picture in time to catch the two adults crossing the jam but what isn’t in the image…children under age 10 that went before. Although there isn’t a great amount of water flowing under the jam, it is quick and has the potential to trap a child or small adult under the water’s surface. Small twigs and branches caught between the logs look solid but are not, breaking through to expose large gaps that can swallow a child or even an adult.”
Old Highway Bridge:
July 2013, Google Earth.
July 2013, Google Earth
Image 098 – Taken from Railroad Bridge looking North.
Image 103 – Taken from Railroad Bridge looking South-West