Springtime in the valley makes one think of the “run off” and whether or not it will affect our daily life. Currently this is probably not a concern to our residents as we take it for granted that any catastrophic “run off” would not be a problem.
To those living in the valley in the pre dam era the “run off” must have been a very important subject as we shall see.
Currently the subject of dams is visceral subject with groups opposing any dam and others extolling their benefits. Every Chelan resident knows that we have a dam. It sits there at the end of the lake in an apparent resting mode, not doing much except during the summer months when there may be a controlled release.
What would we have as a lifestyle environment with out the dam?
Fortunately we do have a written history of life before the last (and current) dam. This history comes from a publication called “Lake Chelan In The 1890”s) by Robert Byrd. Available for purchase at the Museum for $16.20 (includes tax).