The Icicle Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited hosted a public meeting on September 13th to discuss concerns about the health of the Icicle and Wenatchee watersheds in light of the increasing land and water uses, especially as pertains to water quality and salmon and steelhead survival. The public and various agency representatives attended, notably from US Fish and Wildlife Service (the hatchery), Washington Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Forest Service. River outfitters, the Leavenworth Mountain Club and Cascadia Conservation also were represented.
The undercurrent, and probably the biggest concern, is the increasing use of the streams for tubing in the late summer with the attendant disturbance of adjacent landowners, trash accumulation in and adjacent to the water, increasing water pollution, traffic/parking on the nearby roads, and impact on fish spawning. Concerns were also expressed about the impacts of increasing land and water use up the Icicle watershed. This was an initial meeting with no conclusions reached but the organizers plan to continue the dialog.