Reaching Out and Touching the Elwha

by Mark McGlothlin on November 28, 2012

in River - Elwha

She Who Must Be Obeyed and I rounded up our flock on Thanksgiving day to rekindle a tradition we’ve followed for years – getting and doing something active instead of sitting around and eating all day.

Traditionally that’s meant either skiing, fishing, hiking or shooting outings; this year we elected to head out Port Angeles way on the Olympic Peninsula and dig around the lower Elwha ourselves a bit.

It had been a couple of days since the flooding rains early that week and almost 24 hours since any rain had fallen at all in the watershed; the silt load was still damned impressive.

While there’s not an absolute correlation between the turbidity measure the USGS tracks it correlates reasonably well with the sediment load….here’s the graph one more time for the lower Elwha.

More rain due today….

USGS Water-data graph for Elwha River