Waterfall on the upper Icicle Creek

Waterfall on the upper Icicle Creek.

LEAVENWORTH — Planners unveil their strategy for water use and conservation in the Icicle Creek watershed tonight in a public hearing and open house, scheduled to run from 4 to 8 p.m. in Leavenworth.

The "Icicle Strategy," also called a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, is available for public review and comment until July 30. It was developed by an ad hoc committee launched in 2012 and known as the Icicle Work Group, aimed at preserving water resources for fish, habitats and human use.

Flows from Icicle Creek supply domestic water for the city of Leavenworth and rural Upper Valley residents, agricultural irrigation, artificial habitat for fish raised at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery (LNFH), natural habitat for wild fish, and recreation. "The current water management practices in the Icicle Creek Subbasin fail to consistently meet the demand for instream and out-of-stream water uses," the PEIS executive summary reads. 

The draft PEIS came out May 31, and the Work Group organized tonight's hearing in three parts: An open house with displays from 4 to 6 p.m., a presentation and Q&A session from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and a continuing open house until 8 p.m. Public comments will become part of the record.

The hearing takes place at the Leavenworth Festhalle, 1001 Front St.

The full PEIS can be viewed in chapter form at this link

Jefferson Robbins: 679-7013

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