Project aims to ease East Fork of Lewis River’s woes

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first_imgThe East Fork of the Lewis River has been called an environmental jewel.In reality, that jewel has been tarnished by more than a century of human activity.Mining, logging, farming and residential development have taken their toll on the free-flowing river. Today, the East Fork is on the Washington State Department of Ecology’s polluted waters list for elevated water temperature and fecal coliform bacteria.The Ecology Department has scheduled a town hall meeting for 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the La Center Grange, 328 W. Fifth St., to raise awareness, share information, answer questions and encourage property owners to support restoration efforts. The event is being hosted in partnership with Clark County Public Works, the city of La Center, Washington State University Clark County Extension, the Clark Conservation District and the Watershed Alliance of Southwest Washington.Devan Rostorfer, an Ecology Department water quality specialist, said the meeting will be a good way for landowners to learn how they can help improve water quality.“Our long-term goal is to support recreation and aquatic life so people can swim, fish and enjoy the East Fork Lewis River,” she said.Ongoing restoration efforts have been bolstered by the East Fork Lewis River Partnership, a collaboration of local, state, tribal and federal governments, nonprofit organizations, watershed groups, private industries and landowners.last_img

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