Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Scale back whitewater park

My husband and I attended the whitewater park meeting in Ketchum on June 5. We were anxious to see the plans for the proposed water park at Hulen Meadows. To our amazement, we could see the amount of detail and thought that has gone into this plan. However, we wish there was a way to tone it all down to meet the basic setting of our rural pond.

Is there a way to simply save the pond and use the old drops in the river left by the Army Corps last time the Big Wood River was altered? Who knows what kind of flows the river may have in the future? You are always going to have a logjam to deal with and to maintain because of the nature of our natural river. The Hulen Pond wouldn't exist without man-made intervention ... don't mess with Mother Nature, because the river has a mind of it's own.

We're not opposed to public use and enjoyment of our river. We love to see everyone appreciating the pond and river, but the proposal goes too far. Can you just simplify and make it practical, and not so grandiose?

Where is the money going to come from? Can't we just save our settling pond and be happy with that?

Karen and Ken Dickens

Blaine County

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