Clarkston, Wash. -- Maintenance staff from the Lower Granite Natural Resources Management Office, part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Walla Walla District (Corps), have discovered that the irrigation pump responsible for operating the irrigation system along the Snake River section of the Lewiston Levee, has stopped working.
The pump and motor for the irrigation system cannot be repaired, and plans are motion to get new parts ordered. However, the process of acquiring and installing the new parts may take two or more months.
The affected area extends from Confluence Park, along the Lewiston Levee to the Mountain Dew Skateboard Park. The public may notice the grass becoming stressed and beginning to turn brown from lack of water in the next few weeks. Until the pump and motor are installed, Corps officials will be watering key plants and trees in this stretch of the levee using a mobile water tank to help ensure they survive the remaining hot weather.
The Lewiston Levee Parkway is open year-round. Facilities include day-use areas with 13 miles of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers National Recreation Trail. There are numerous parking areas from which to access the park and trail -- along Snake River Avenue between Snake River Miles 140-146, along the Lewiston Levee Bypass between Clearwater River Miles 0-2 on the south river bank and parallel to Highway 12 between Clearwater River Miles 2-7 on the north riverbank.
For more information about outdoor recreation opportunities along the lower Snake and Clearwater rivers, contact the Lower Granite Natural Resources Management Office at 509-751-0240 or email ClarkstonNaturalResources@usace.army.mil.
Release no. 20-115