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Letters to the Editor

Erosion concern

October 13, 2008

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To the editor:

Four miles upstream of Riverfront Park's boat ramp, along the east bank of a north/south stretch known locally as the "Wind Tunnel," a long row of Kansas River trees has been destroyed by clear-cut logging.

A huge treeline gap now extends some three-quarters of a mile; only saplings and a few badly damaged trees remain. Beyond both ends of the gap stand forest with trees 60 feet tall - what the gap looked like before it got logged.

Over more than two decades, thousands of American bald eagles used those trees as hunting and basking perches; now they're gone. Worse, for us, those trees were the last line of natural defense protecting the old Lawrence city landfill - a huge dump that lies buried between the logged area and the North Lawrence levee.

If another 1951 or 1993 flood hits, fast-moving water 10 to 15 feet above banktop will sweep into this gap and strip away the buried dump's cap soil. The river could re-channel through the landfill, spewing its contents from North Lawrence to New Orleans.

Is such a calamity possible? Just look five miles west of Wamego where, during the 1993 flood, the Kansas re-channeled across the heel of a huge horseshoe bend.

Riparian forest clear-cut logging menaces our state's river environments; this activity should be outlawed. If our buried dump gets washed out, civil suits and criminal prosecutions targeting the parties responsible for this clear-cut will likely begin flashing from the sky like lightning.

Joe Hyde,
Lawrence

Comments

Charles L Bloss Jr 6 years, 2 months ago

Who allowed this clear cut logging? I agree with you, it poses a danger to us, and more so to the eagles. I love bald eagles and have taken some wonderful photos of them near the Bowersock Dam in the middle of winter. I share your concern, and would like to know more about how this was allowed to happen, and why? Thank you, Lynn

gr 6 years, 2 months ago

"clear-cut logging.""Logging" in Kansas. Who'd have thunk."stand forest"Forest in Kansas? !Near Lawrence?"Riparian forest clear-cut logging menaces our state's river environments;"Well, sounds like Joe would not support the SLT south of the river at least."this activity should be outlawed. "Even on private land?"If our buried dump gets washed out, civil suits and criminal prosecutions targeting the parties responsible for this clear-cut will likely begin flashing from the sky like lightning."Who decided to put it there and allow it there? Maybe they should be held responsible? Why didn't Joe purchase the old dump in order to protect it. Maybe it's Joe's fault.Maybe the river should be allowed to cut across the middle of Lawrence in order to protect the dump.

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