- Wenatchee River
The Wenatchee River is a river in
Washingtonoriginating at Lake Wenatcheeand flowing southeast for 53 miles (85 km) until it meets the Columbia Riverimmediately north of Wenatchee, Washington. On its way it passes the towns of Leavenworth, Peshastin, Dryden, Cashmere, and Monitor.
Tributaries include the
Chiwawa River, Nason Creek, Peshastin Creek, and Icicle Creek. Its drainage basinis convert|1300|sqmi|km2 in area. [ [http://www.nwcouncil.org/fw/subbasinplanning/wenatchee/plan/WenatcheePlan.pdf Wenatchee Subbasin Plan] , Northwest Power and Conservation Council]
Water from the Wenatchee River and its tributaries has been diverted for irrigation since 1891, mainly for orchards.
Toxic chemicals banned decades ago in
Washingtoncontinue to linger in the environment and concentrate in the food chain, threatening people and the environment, according to three recent studies by the Washington state Department of Ecology. In 2007, the Washington Department of Healthadvised the public to not eat mountain whitefish from the Wenatchee River from Leavenworthdownstream to where the river joins the Columbia, due to unhealthy levels of PCBs [http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jun2007/2007-06-25-01.asp] .
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