Houses recently threatened by roaring Dungeness River headed for purchase, demolition – PDN

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe continues it’s work to protect both the Dungeness floodplain and the people that live there. This buyout and moving of the houses, is going to give the river back another part of it’s “lungs”, as the floodplains have been described to me.  The river breathes by expanding into the floodplain in the winter and spring and receding in the summer. This natural cycle feeds the habitat of many species that have evolved over ten thousand of years. When we cut off the floodplains, in a very naive approach to both water use and home development, we were trying to change the ecosystem, but nature has a way of saying that it won’t work. Here’s one story of bringing it back. Thanks to the Jamestown S’Klallam for their continued leadership.

Several homes threatened by the rain swollen Dungeness River last week are slated for purchase and demolition by the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe, which hopes to restore the floodplain for salmon habitat as part of its ongoing Dungeness Floodplain Restoration Project. The Jamestown S’Klallam tribe is in final negotiations to purchase several lots of riverfront property from the Robinson family of Seattle, which owns the land. Chris McDaniel reports. (Peninsula Daily News)

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