On October 11th at the Maravia Factory/Cascade Outfitters headquarters a meeting was held for public comment regarding the permit to alter a rock in Staircase by Tom Long. Hosted by the IWA the meeting was a success with over 80 people in attendance. Information was shared, ideas were exchanged, and a calm level atmosphere prevailed leading to some important information being shared and opinions being formed. Notably a new idea was proposed; instead of to remove the rock in question, Tom Long suggested that the rocks angle into the current get changed to remove the sieve without making a huge impact on the rapid itself. A lot of helpful comments were put forward and at the vote of all in attendance at the end of the meeting 6 were opposed to altering the rock, 6 were still undecided, and the remaining voices were in approval for the project. Hydrologists are being consulted on means of prediction of the outcome of the rock alteration, but the general consensus being that altering the position of the rock was much more agreeable to the whitewater community at the meeting than full removal of the rock.
Thanks to everyone who took the time and came to the meeting to support safety and our river system, hopefully the next Payette River Clean up day can garnish the same support!!!