Earlier Tuesday, a flood watch was issued for Pullman and Idaho's Moscow after the Paradise Creek and the Palouse River
, passing through both the places, had surpassed the flooding stage.
In the valley below, the Palouse River
tumbled by on its way through a progression of rivers, increasing in size before terminating at the Pacific Ocean, hundreds of miles away.
Except for above the lower falls on the Palouse River
, all these rivers and streams supported annual returns of salmon, and all the subbasins, including the Palouse River
, flourished with abundant springs, cold running water, waterfalls, and deep holes and eddies.
Highlights include the Palouse River
Canyon, kayaking in hidden channels, a visit to Multnomah Falls, a jet boat ride into HellOs Canyon and five private wine tours.
Forest Service employee, gave several presentations on the flora of eastern Oregon and led an informal horticultural kayaking "tour" along the verdant banks of the Palouse River
While much of eastern Washington is characterized by rolling farm country or carved by glaciers' floods, the Palouse River
canyon is unique.
All of the original topsoil has been lost from more than 10 percent of the 2.1 million acres of cropland in the Palouse River
A study of the Palouse River
Basin in the mid 1970s reported an overall soil loss for the Palouse area of 31.4 tonnes per hectare.
"We have the advantage in timber," he says, "we have some of the world's best timber production, and we should benefit from that." He adds: "Why not complain about lentils being shipped from Palouse country [in Washington State], which results in a tremendous amount of erosion that goes down the Palouse River
into the Columbia?"
I had headed south for a go at mulies on a friend's ranch in the scabland canyons adjacent to the Palouse River
. After hiking about a mile into an area called the Potholes, I began slogging through an expanse of CRP grass high above the river.