Do you see the men in their orange safety shirts in the upper left of the picture for scale?
You can see the framework being built for the wing walls. I have learned firsthand how important these structures are. When the neighbor's tree fell on our concrete-block wing wall and cracked it, it did not take long for the creek to cut a new channel through that crack during the height of the rainy season. More concrete will be poured after the forms are completed to finish those walls.
You might notice that dirty, old pipe that is lying on top of the culvert. That is our main water line from the well to the house. Still no electric power hooked up yet though. And, just to give you an idea of the size of Bjorgen Creek, the creek is flowing through a one-foot-diameter flexible pipe during the construction (so the water does not become laden with sediment). But, DFW believes native salmon, if they ever choose to jump up the nine feet from streambed to culvert downstream from us, will very much like the 14-foot-diameter culvert. I wonder if Billy Frank Jr. would agree?
When the Russians bomb the Pacific Northwest, I'm going to take shelter inside this culvert.
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