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Ice Age Flood Kiosk

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RICHLAND, Wash. - Thousands of years ago the Ice Age Floods ravaged parts of the Northwest and a number of Tri-City groups are coming together to build a new kiosk in Richland that explains more about the floods and the importance that it had on our community.

High School History Teacher and Leader of the Ice Age Flood Institute Gary Kleinknecht said the flooding made the land in our area very productive for growing grapes and that the wine industry on this side of Washington state has really benefited from the historic flooding.

The new kiosk is located at the base of Badger Mountain.  It will have four panels of information.  Volunteers said the entire project will cost 15,000 dollars.

Volunteers hope the kiosk will provide people in the community more information and a little more enjoyment while they hike Badger Mountain.

Kleinknecht said, "I am just amazed at the way the planet changes."  He thinks it is important for people to understand what happened and how the flooding has shaped the Columbia Basin Community.

There is legislation in both the House of Representative and the Senate to build a trail throughout the Northwest that would provide people with information about the Ice Age Floods similar to the current Lewis and Clark Trail.

The kiosk project in Richland should be finished by this summer.