Friday, May 2, 2008

Spring Runoff

Spring has sprung on the Bitterroot. The grass is greening up and warmer weather seems to be taking a tenuous foothold. The River flow is increasing as the runoff begins in earnest. We are hopeful that our riverbank will hold this year. This picture was taken in May of 2006 when unseasonably warm weather combined with a 120% of normal snowpack and we lost a substantial chunk of ground to the River.

We have planted 300 willow plants along the waterline in an attempt to hold the bank against the encroaching water. We plan to plant another 300 this year, after the runoff subsides in June. The water is still fairly clear and it is fishing pretty well.

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