The very government agencies from whom approval was required on this project are now hindering the restoration of the stream. Those individuals who were responsible for this blockage have either been voted out of power or resigned from the Land Owners Association and new conscientious leaders have taken over. They are now presented with a real mess. The new leadership wants to have the creek fully restored but that now involves obtaining permits so restoration can be done correctly and legally. The government system that should have prevented this needless destruction of a pristine creek, had they initially been consulted, is now serving as a hurdle to restoration. The other agencies seem to be allowing the DWR to assume the lead and appear to be allowing them to resolve the issue, hence being in no hurry to be involved. The county Land Use Office according to its protocols won’t issue a permit until the other necessary agencies first approve and even then they need at least two weeks to study the issue before deciding. It appears that time is quickly running out this year for any resolution and the fish upstream may be doomed. Perhaps it is the plight of the fish coupled with the anniversary of 9/11 that makes the memory of that terrible date so vivid. What ever the reason, the road to the site is not maintained in the winter and the creek may freeze trapping the fish in an icy death before restoration can be accomplished or spring arrives.
So the final question remaining is this: does government work "of the people and for the trout". The answer to that is it clearly hasn’t worked this time. Would I ever report a similar instance again? It was the right thing to do so I would do it again. I would never have believed or expected the government agency to come to the aid of the violator. While I strongly support wildfire mitigation I do not support accomplishing it improperly as in this case of taking it by force. This has been a very frustrating experience when it should have been a simple quick solution. As a concerned citizen there is nothing further to do and the result is now up to the four required agencies.