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# 19 - The road leading from west from the water treatment plantwith a temporary 18 inch diameter plastic water pipe on the left.







 # 20 - A sandbag dam on Hannah Creek. They are pumping thewater around a few hundred feet of Hannah Creek while they dig up thecreek bed to remove contaminaed soil. This is looking South.






# 21 - Looking north from about the same spot as #20. HannahCreek.









# 22 - Hannah Creek - same view.








# 23 - Whatcom Creek - looking east from approximately where theTrans Mountain natural gas pipeline crosses the creek. Yes, this is ablown out area








# 24 - Looking almost straigt down a steep embankment to WhatcomCreek. It is amazing to see the ferns sprouting out from the burnedground.






# 25 - More ferns with Whatcom Creek below. It was a strikingexample of how Nature will heal without our help. A restorationexpert told me that some areas can best be helped to recover by justleaving them alone. I hope other local restoration people will beallowed to tour the area so they can see and judge for themselves.For them to have to study only my photos is a terriblesubstitute.







# 26 - Again looking east up Whatcom Creek.









# 27 - Looking north, along the Trans Mountain natural gaspipeline. It crosses under the creek here. The trail on the otherside comes down from St. Clair city park. It was somewhere near herethat the poor boys, innocently playing with a lighter, touched offthe explosions.Yes, the area in the open was quite green. But thetrees on either side were scorched.







# 28 - A not great photo. Looking down at Whatcom Creek from theTrans Mountain right of way. Looking west.






# 29 -Down lower by the stream looking east, upstream. Yes, theexplosions went rolling through here. I was standing here trying toimagine the whole scene in front of my camera a huge orange ball ofexplosion.








# 30 - Looking down stream - west. This had been a beautifulforest.









# 31 - Same view.






# 32 - A new trail, constructed so the cleanup crew could reachthe depths of the gorge. It will be a new trail for the public whenrestoration is finished. Thor Cutler of the EPA, who gave me thetour, is standing on the trail. There are, I believe, two switchbackson the trail before it reaches the creek.

This trail is west of the Trans Mountain right of way.







# 33 - Another view of the trail.

Directly ahead is some of the worst burned areas. The nest fewphotos are taken down by the stream at the bottom of this trail.





# 34 - A telephoto of the far treel. Black trees all around. Agood question is are any still alive? These trees might still bealive. Thor spoke of the desire to leave trees such as these standingto provide some shade for young plants and to also wait and see ifperhaps some of them will come back to life.








# 35 - Same trail. I am including all my photos so as to present arecord of the tour. All are uncropped and not modified in any manner.They were taken with a digital camera. What you get when you look atthe full size picture is exactly what the camera took.







# 36 - At the bottom of the trail, looking downstream to the west.The one log fully in the stream was placed there by the restorationfolks. It may be moved slightly before they are done.






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