"Over five decades ago gravel mining cut off what is now the Delta Ponds natural area from the flow of water from the Willamette River. Today, after 10 years of planning and phased implementation, water is once again flowing from the Willamette through Delta Ponds – creating 2.2 miles of valuable side channel habitat for juvenile Chinook salmon and a wide variety of other species."
City of Eugene Delta Ponds Restoration from MetroTV on Vimeo.
"Delta Ponds is a 150-acre waterway site consisting of numerous ponds, channels, wetlands, and associated riparian areas. This unique natural area owned by the City of Eugene borders a stretch of the Willamette River, just downstream from Valley River Center. For many, it is a favorite spot for bird watching, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors."
...and Sharyn also spotted a hooded merganser ...
The town of Elkton is restoring the southernmost fur trading post of the Hudson Bay Company. The Hudson's Bay Company is the oldest commercial corporation in North America and one of the oldest in the world. In 1836, Hudson’s Bay Company established Fort Umpqua near the present day town of Elkton, Douglas County, Oregon. The Fort was a regional center for the fur trade and many Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians traded hides for goods there. The fort was destroyed by a fire on 15 Nov 1851 and the post finally closed in 1854 as the fur trade diminished.
Quote of the Day ~
By the late 1850's the Community was selling more than 100,000 traps a year to, among other customers, the Hudson's Bay Company ~ Spencer Klaw from "Without Sin"