Alpine Lakes Wilderness – Are New Dams & Water Diversions in the Offing?

CELP participates in the Icicle Work Group, a collaborative process seeking to find new water supply for the City of Leavenworth, as well as improve instream flows in Icicle Creek and other goals.  The IWG is evaluating a number of proposals, including increasing storage and water diversions from seven lakes in the Enchantment Lakes region of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.   CELP policy advisor Rachael Osborn has posted a four-part series describing the Alpine Lakes proposals on her Naiads blog.  More information can also be found on the Chelan County Natural Resources Department website.  Chelan County co-sponsors the IWG along with the Department of Ecology’s Office of the Columbia River.

Is draining the Alpine Lakes the only way to provide water for the City of Leavenworth?

Is draining the Alpine Lakes the only way to provide water for the City of Leavenworth?