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High water near Derr Island in Clark Fork High water near Derr Island in Clark Fork

From the Mouth of the River - With Trestle Creek flooding, the only answer is to build a boat

What a year this has been so far! Climate change around the world with devastating effects from earthquacks, tsunamis, and erupting volcanoes, tornadoes like there never have been, floods throughout the world and some old preacher down South declared the world will end yesterday, today or tomorrow, for sure next week. I just wish he would predict when we could plant the garden. 

The garden queen has bought her plants, twice, hoping this time will be right, then it turns cold and rainy. The squirrels found where she stored her new plants and decided to use them to build their nest when she wasn’t looking.

Speaking of building I spent all winter, off and on, building a boat out in the barn to go fishing in. My neighbor the opera singer spent all winter building a sail boat in his shop, and then realized his shop didn’t have a door. With flooding around the corner, looks like those boats will come in handy.

We have another dilemma here on Trestle Creek; maybe you can help us with it. It involves the county road commissioners, the state highway department, the Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and a land owner. Yet it affects all who live on or use the Trestle Creek Road.  

Here’s the dilemma. Over the years trash and tree limbs have washed down the creek and started piling up, lodging limbs in the brush along the creek bank. The trash has built up to where it has plugged the creek, forcing the water to overflow out through the land owner’s property and across the county road next to the highway. While this in itself is bad enough, the water is cutting a ditch across the county road. In its normal path, water would flow through a large culvert under the highway and in to Lake Pend Oreille. 

This is the same creek the Bull Trout travel up to spawn, but it’s now diverted out into a pasture, where the fish, I guess, can be food for the coyotes and raccoons; I guess the Bull Trout in Lake Pend Oreille are no longer of interest to either agency charged with fish populations or they wouldn’t be gill-netting them by the boat load. 

The landowner said he would clean out that creek so the water and fish could pass, but he said all the fish and game departments would have him arrested for interfering with the wildlife habitat. 

Idaho’s transportation and road departments had a simple solution to there torn up roads; north of Sandpoint they put up a sign that said “Rough road, next twenty miles.” I guess that was the answer to fixing that problem. And here at Trestle Creek they put up a sign that reads, “Water over the road.” That’s the same fix they used last year. 

Maybe our government could use this same concept when some country wants to start a war or starts raising hell. Instead of sending our troops, we could just put up a sign stating. “If you don’t clean up your act,  we will send in the SEALS.”

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Boots Reynolds Boots Reynolds The "internationally-renowned cowboy artist" Boots Reynolds has moved his comedic interpretation of life into the writing field with his regular column in the River Journal - From the Mouth of the River.

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