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Posted by  Randy Webb on March 22, 2002 at 13:12:36:

I read part of the report and they didn't seem aware that a lumber treatment
company is or was dumping dioxins into the watershed. The report also
states that since there was no monitoring in historic times, it is hard to
determine whether water quality has declined. This is only true for some
pollutants. Heavy metals and synthetic organic pollutants would not be
present before modern industrial society.

The report calls for more monitoring, but I think the real question is what
should be done to clean up the watershed right now, and how do we cause that
to happen.

- Randy

"Let the public be damned." Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, Railroad Robber

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-nature@designcommunity.com
[mailto:owner-nature@designcommunity.com]On Behalf Of Kevin Matthews
Sent: Thursday, March 21, 2002 10:08 PM
To: SEN Board List; SEN Discussion
Cc: Nature Project List
Subject: CNP - history of Amazon Creek

Dear Southeast Neighbors and Friends,

I thought the little chunk copied below from the Long Tom Watershed Council
March Newsletter was evocative, and of interest for we stewards of the upper

FYI, the entire Watershed Assessment including maps can be downloaded from:


Best wishes,


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Our Long Tom Watershed Assessment describes our historic riparian areas in
great detail. In one example, it states "...that species in the Long Tom
Watershed have adapted to and come to rely on the conditions that existed in
pre-settlement times.

For example, riparian zones along Amazon Creek, which used to be wet
prairie, provided habitat for many wetland plants and animals. During the
winter, Amazon Creek widened into a shallow lake, more than half a mile

These annual floods carried and deposited nutrients and sediment onto the
floodplain before retreating in late spring. Many types of plants and
animals adapted to this cycle. Juvenile fish could hide from predators in
the shallow, vegetated floodplain. Waterfowl raised young and feasted on
wetland plants and insects.

In contrast, riparian zones in the Coast Range foothills provided different
kinds of ecological functions. Their towering canopies provided shade,
which helped to keep air and water temperatures cool. Large conifers that
fell into the stream trapped gravel and slowed stream flow, which benefited
native cutthroat trout."


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