Mile 161, Winchester Wasteway, Washington State.
Driver: Suzanne. Purpose: her first roadtrip as a driver. Summer 2011.
The Winchester Wasteway is a narrow ribbon of water in the desert that did not exist before Grand Coulee Dam and the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project. Irrigation of crops through-out the Columbia Basin raised the water level filling many depressions to make lakes and ponds. Excess water runs off into the “wasteway,” a channelled scab in the middle of a nowhere.