By January

Bethany Lake in NW Oregon, just west of Portland, gathers storm waters from hundreds of acres of avoided wetlands. Effluent also drains from the thousands of manicured yards and miles of streets in the surrounding suburban areas. The Lake and its tributaries discharges to Rock Creek, which slithers down an urbanized, yet sinuous path to the Tualatin River, and beyond, to the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, and the Pacific Ocean.

Rock Creek used to have Salmon and steelhead runs, but now has hatchery trout, and many warm water fish species.

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But by November, the Falls sweep away anything weighing less than 500 lbs. Stray logs disappear. Rock Creek balloons from 10 feet wide and a foot deep, to 30 feet wide and 10 fast feet deep.
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Billy Heron likes the high water; but Just high enough that the falls disorient the fish.

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By January, the dam disappears under the flood.  The heron won’t try and fish in that torrent.  It rained two inches overnight.

Thanks for reading Part One of this Three-Part Series of The Daily Bucket. Expect  the next two Buckets on these themes of the flooding Lake, at weekly intervals (+-)

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