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Dungeness River Off-Channel Reservoir Project

Spirit Vision Films has just finished the Dungeness Off-Channel Reservoir project video that we started in November of last year.

The film describes the need and benefits of this 30 million dollar project that will bring to the Dungeness Valley a way to supply water to irrigators on the east side of the river in the lower Dungeness Valley, while maintaining a positive flow of water for the 4 species of ESA-listed salmon and steelhead returning to their spawning grounds in the late summer.

Because of climate change, the North Olympic Mountain snowpack has been negatively affected, creating a competition for water late in summer’s irrigation cycle.

The reservoir will also address the winter flooding that affects the City of Sequim and surrounding area by channeling the storm water into the reservoir to be used either in the early spring for aquafer recharge or to be saved through the spring and early summer when depleted snowpack is evident for use by the irrigators in the late summer months.

A 320-acre county park will also be created to encompass the 88-acre reservoir, which will provide hiking, birding, bicycle and equestrian pursuits, as well as being able to access the river.

This film articulates the concerns, benefits, and need of the reservoir by officials of Clallam County, the City of Sequim, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, the Clallam Conservation District, Washington Water Trust, and the Dungeness Water Users Association.

If you want more information on this important project on the North Olympic Peninsula, click on the seven minute video below. Thanks for watching!

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Dungeness River Off-Channel Reservoir Project

Our latest project is creating a 5-7 minute PSA for the new proposed Dungeness River off-channel reservoir project that will be built near Sequim, WA if funded.

The Dungeness River is actually two rivers depending on the season. During the winter months the river is classified as a ‘wild’ river because of its uncontrolled downstream flooding, due to being the second steepest river in the US, dropping 7300 feet in the first third of its 32 mile length.

But during the late summer the river becomes emancipated due to low snow pack in recent years creating problems for both the salmon and irrigators who are dependent on reliable water from the river.

Clallam County, in conjunction with the City of Sequim, Washington Water Trust, the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe, the Clallam Conservation District, and the Dungeness Water Users Association has hired Spirit Vision Films to highlight the critical condition of the 4 endangered and threatened salmon and steelhead species of the Dungeness, along with the agriculture industry of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley that is dependent on irrigation water from the river, especially in late summer when the flow drops precariously low due to recent climate change. This project will benefit both and more.

With a land transfer by the DNR, the 320 acres would become one of Clallam County’s largest parks as well as incorporating the 88 acre reservoir within to create walking, hiking and equestrian trails, birding and access to the river. A great resource for the city of Sequim’s residents and the folks who live in Clallam county.

The video will include interviews with the stakeholders, drone footage of the 320 acre site, the benefits of the reservoir, an animation of the twice yearly fill and drain cycles of the reservoir and other pertinent issues facing both the storm water run-off issues in the winter and the lack of water in the Dungeness in the late summer.

Stay tuned! Here are some static shots of the work in progress.