Archive for the ‘River Safety’ Category

Tolt Hill Bridges over the Snoqualmie River

October 4, 2007

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This is an interesting view from the Suspension Bridge in The Tolt McDonald Park, a King County Park, looking South to the Tolt Hill Road. The Tolt River is entering the photo on the left side of the photo. You can see the old bridge in the foreground an the new bridge in the background.  The funny thing is that the bridge in background has two arched spans.  The second arched span is to the east of the one you can see in this photo.  The community fought the county to have a similar style bridge replace the old one and I think this photo proves that aesthetically it was the right decision.  Thanks to the King County Department of Transportation for seeing the light.  I just thought this was such an interesting contrast of the old and new.  The old bridge will be torn down once the new one is put in service.   

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Shoreline rules in King County are changing…so what?

May 22, 2007

King County Is Amending Shoreline Management Rules

King County is coming to town to discuss proposed changes to the shoreline management act.  The Seattle PI ran the head line County May Ease Shoreline Management Rules.  The county says that they are planning to streamline the rules to make it easy for us to get information and permits.  Which is not what I was expecting.  I knew that after the Critical area ordinance passed, and the shoreline rules were next to be revised, and I exepected that they would be tightening the rules some more.  Please take a look at the draftAs you know Fall City is on the edge of the Snoqualmie River so depending on what these proposal brings it could be a very significant to the property owners along, historic River Street.  If you use the rivers, live in the floodplain, use the river for recreation, own ajoining property, these  these rules could impact you.  This link will get you to the King  County Site with all the informaton.  So take a look at the maps, and the draft and please attend one of the meetings to share your input.  If in your review you see something “funny” please write a comment and we’ll see what we can find out.  It’s our community to protect. 

 They have several meetings scheduled.  The Snoqualmie Valley meeting is scheduled for June 5th at Carnation elementary School.

River Safety

May 16, 2007

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Yesterday with a record setting High Temperature  brought a swift water rescue on the Snoqualmie River in North Bend.  Our Family participated in the River Sense class held last week at Fall City Elementary School with our son.  Although we swim, wade, tube and have a jet boat that we run on the river, we still learned useful information.  They are planning another class at Cascade View Elementary next month.  They have longer classes that are held in the river later in the summer.  Last year there were several drowning deaths in the Snoqualmie River and with summer on the way I suggest this is a great time to take a River Sense Class and learn about the river in our back yard.