Sandy River Floodplain Reconnection Birthday Celebration!! The Denney family had donated 30 acres to the Western Rivers, who then donated to Columbia Land Trust. A grant and partnerships funded the 5 diversions for the flood Reconnection Project. The diversions were designed to open the intermittent channels and allow fresh water to wetlands when the river rises, ultimately slowing down the velocity of the river. The Gift to the Sandy River, community riverside land owners and all downstream, is that the project is functioning as designed! It was a mild winter runoff on the Sandy, even so, it really is amazing, what a year on the river eco-system looks like! The greatest Gift is the slowing of River and fresh water flowing to wetlands… intermittent channels breathe new life into the forested area…. this gift has so many benefits… helps salmon fry with safe places to eat and grow… less stagnant water means less mosquitoes…corridors for birds, deer and many critters…slowing water deposits sand, creating beaches, and decreases erosion. Benefits recreation, hiking, bird watching and safe places for children, dogs and all that love the river. Accolades and gratitude to Sandy River Basin Watershed Council, Columbia Land Trust, Denneys, partners and contractors. The wildlife and River are also very grateful.