As the summer recreation season approaches on Lake Roosevelt, the Daisy Station store and fuel station are facing some serious challenges as the bank supporting the store structures slides off into the river.
The drastic erosion at the site has likely been caused due to rising lake water levels that have been over 1,287 feet for the last six years, according to a study done by Cunningham Engineers.
Waves against the bank and the fuel pumps located near the bank on a concrete slab have also undercut the â€śtoeâ€ť of the bank, destabilizing the base of the fuel pumps. The high water level and waves have also weakened the base underneath a home located on the property and have put several large trees in danger of falling.
Cunningham Engineers was called in to examine the problem at the station when owner Sherry Scott appealed to the Stevens County Conservation District for help.
Scott, who purchased the property in 2004, said she feels the erosion on her property has been mainly caused by the high and fluctuating water levels at Lake Roosevelt.
â€śThe Grand Coulee Dam officials have caused a lot of this problem by making the water levels so high for long periods of time over the last several years,â€ť she said. â€śIn order for us to open this year, we need to create a breaker around the fuel pumps and shore them up a bit.â€ť
Scott has also been unable to live in her home next to the convenience store because the bank near the house has been rapidly disintegrating.
*See the 6-1-2011 hardcopy issue of the S-E for the complete story.