Originally Posted by jonas_f
The rapid's "prestine" nature has been comprimised when the road was put in, then when the dam was put in, and then when the Corp placed the boulders where they thought the were, after a significant mudslide. Sorry, simply don't see what the issue is in this case. The rock's current placement is as contrived as its proposed removal, only thing is, if removed it won't kill someone. What say you all on the issue of dynamiting Quartzite Falls on the Salt?
This pretty much misses the point. A stream alteration, likely in violation of Idaho Law, being given the green light just because one outfitter requested it, is the issue. No matter the outcome, at least now it will happen in the "sunshine" which is how our government is suppose to function. It's actually a pretty cool example of stand up officials recognizing the error, and being willing to step back. Too often the fear of admitting an error results in full steam ahead. Kudos to the outfitter for being willing to pause, it sounds like he had fully authority to just remove it.
Whether or not to remove the rock, that issue really comes later. Very few really know what is going on, the history, the rationale to remove, why not to remove. It also opens the door to bringing the focus back to identifying the problem, and proposing multiple solutions. Maybe there's a better solution then rock removal.
Thanks for all who emailed in to the IDWR.