Well by now you have heard about the flooding last week in down town Spangle. Spangle Creek that flows through town was unable to deal with a large spring down pour. It took out a bridge and left lots of buildings in town with mud to be shoveled out of them. I heard the mayor of Spangle on NW Cable News say that the city had 3 times asked the Washington State Department of Ecology if they could clean up / clean out the creek; ALL 3 times they were refused. They wanted to be good stewards of the creek in their town and they were refused due some lame excuse of it would harm the environment. Well now due to no action, it has done much more harm not only to the environment but also to the town. If I was the mayor I would send the clean up bill to the Department of Ecology for their outright negligence or carelessness of their duty.
Well we have some what the same thing happening here in Pullman. The South Fork of the Palouse River flows down by SE Professional Mall Blvd. and it is so over grown that in places you have a hard time telling if it is a creek let alone a river in the middle of all that growth. I sure hope the city has asked the Department of Ecology to clean out this problem spot. It is only a matter of time and it will be out of its banks and across the Pro Mall Blvd. and into those trailers across the street. The city I would hope would care about these homes of lower income folks live. This would be a great project for The Pullman Alliance for Responsible Development (PARD). If the one word “Responsible” in their name means what I think it means: Dependable, Conscientious, Sensible, Mature, and Trustworthy. They would look into projects like this and drop there frivolous or inconsequential appeals to Wal-Mart.
Well to tell you the truth I won’t be holding my breath for PARD to move ahead to help these people on Pro Mall Blvd. So we need to ask the city if they have asked the question of the Department of Ecology so we don’t have to go through what Spangle has just been through. If there is anyone that reads this that is connected with the city of Pullman, PLEASE ask to see if this issue has been addressed.