On the topic of the Cascades...
Timberline Lodge is a ski resort located on Mt Hood here in Oregon - apparently one of the few in the US that offer Summer skiing. I was utterly flabbergasted and floored to learn that due to the poor condition of the snow pack, they decided they would not
be dumping some 500 tons
of salt on the Palmer Glacier to "condition" it for summer skiing in 2015.
In the sense that, apparently, they have been doing this for the last 30 years...
Complete. Shock. I had no idea. And I bet almost nobody did/does.
It is utterly mind blowing and unacceptable that a private company, LEASING our public land in a cushy long standing arrangement with the Forest Service, can degrade our natural resources like this. In the midst of what amounts to a global glacier crisis, no less.
Our environmental regulators are locked in a catch-22. They have to be able to detect the pollution downriver, to be able to stop it. Of course, by that time the damage is already done..
I heard that India is putting blankets on some of their glaciers, to try and protect them. The US? Salt.
It's the American way....