Letters to the Editor

Fighting nature

May 31, 2012

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To the editor:

In 1975, I (Joy) was student teaching at what was then Grant School. I took the class on a walking field trip to the woods along Mud Creek, delighted that there was a natural wooded habitat so near. A short time later, the creek was channelized: woods cut down, banks straightened and lined with rock. We thought that in recent years scientists had agreed that channelizing creeks just made the water rush through faster to increase flooding downsteam and were hopeful that the channelization of Mud Creek was being allowed to reverse itself with time.

Alas, this was not the case. As we drive south from our farm, crossing Mud Creek on our way to Lawrence, we have been watching the massive machinery cutting the trees growing along the creek north of the airport. We were sad at the demise, once again, of the woods, but hoped that at least the cut wood would be well-utilized. Now we see that it has been chipped into mulch. The creek is exposed to the direct rays of the sun, habitat is destroyed, and a resource was turned into the least useful product. The highest use of a mature tree is not wood chips.

We cannot afford to continue to waste our natural resources in this way, nor can we continue to act as though we can manipulate the water flowing through our community without causing undesirable consequences both here and downstream.

Comments

snitty 3 years, 1 month ago

This is why I support Nancy Thellman for County Commissioner, an environmentalist who has fought to preserve the rich soil and ecology of Douglas County, as opposed to the "landscaper" candidate Frank Male.

Ken Lassman 3 years, 1 month ago

Was that the county's idea? The state? The township? Seems that the closer to home, the greater the possibility of educating folks as to the advantages of the non-channelized habitat. On second thought, tho, if it's the township, the chances of them paying any attention to the comparative advantages of a non-channelized Mud Creek might be slim to none as they might care less what research shows. Chances are that they utilized state or federal monies to do the clearing out, and that money might very well be dried up next time around....

MattressMan 3 years, 1 month ago

I too wondered about this and contacted the folks at the airport and was told that it was an FAA mandate because of the proximity to the runway. I think they also said that whoever the contractor was is sending the wood chips to Frito Lay, something about them using them as an alternative energy source for their plant.

Ragingbear 3 years, 1 month ago

Understand that we are in a constant struggle against the Earth, and it is trying to kill us. So we need to kill it first.

somedude20 3 years, 1 month ago

Yes yes!!!! A voice of reason. I too have felt the Earth breathing down my neck so I am actively trying to kill it as well. Here is a short list of things that I do to stay alive and to make sure I get mine: Dump radiator fluid down the storm drains Toss lit smokes in the tall grass during times of drought I only use aerosol spray cans Spread the word that global warming is a farce created by Al Gore. Always vote Republican

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