At least two of the current Portola City Council members experienced the Middle Fork in a more primitive, natural state. Also, Pete Rhode probably remembers what the river was like back in the day; his brother pulled more than a few trout from that stretch of the river. The cumulative total of experience being near the river, and concern for that river might approach two centuries. There was an interesting aesthetic to the river in the sixties and seventies in a Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn sense, but it could hardly be considered a pleasant stroll.
I felt the Council was wise to unanimously reject the demands and accusations made by a concerned citizen. I hope that person recycles at the Taylor Street collection site. While turning in their cans and bottles they can gaze across to see the last remnants of concrete left from the earlier dam/highway crossing that were washed out in the flood of ’64. Apparently that person is unaware that concrete is made from a bit of lime, Portland cement, sand, gravel and water, no artificial additives or preservatives.
They also seem convinced that it is an established fact that logging sites and even shaded fuel-breaks accelerate the speed of a wildfire. Last summer the LA Times printed an opinion piece by an environmental scientist, Chad Hansen, who contends that the Camp Fire, that destroyed most of Paradise, accelerated when it encountered treated areas of forest and a few former logging sites. Realizing that the sustained windspeeds that day were 40, with gusts in excess of 60; how could anyone possibly make that claim? Wouldn’t it be a bit difficult to document a supposed speed-up in a fire that is already traveling at highway speeds?
I view the Riverwalk as a vast improvement benefitting the health and recreation of the people in Eastern Plumas County, and a World-Class disc golf course should be great fun.