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Letter: Wetlands not ‘vacant’

KDOT design shows a culvert at both ends of the existing wetlands, both of which accommodate wildlife passage. Between those two culverts the noise wall will prevent passage but at the same time they will prevent road kills.

September 5, 2013 at 7:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Wetlands not ‘vacant’

You are overreacting. The animals will most likely go east, south, and west rather than to come into town. There is natural habitat those directions. Why come into town?

September 5, 2013 at 7:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Wetlands not ‘vacant’

If you have visited the area, you have surely noticed the levee that surrounds it? That levee prevents runoff from the city getting into the current wetlands. One of the major natural services that provide is to filter "crap". They do it well...as long as they aren't overloaded. They have not been overloaded in the past and it is unlikely that the SLT will change that. According to the EIS from years ago, the road is designed to prevent pollutants from flowing directly into the wetlands.

September 5, 2013 at 7:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Baker Wetlands manager dismantles boardwalk he built as a boy scout

I'm impressed! You actually addressed one of my questions. However, I don't believe for a minute that at 8 years old you went to visit "the wetlands". What I recall is that by 1971, 35th street was closed (locked gate). 31st street was newly constructed and there was no access from the north and the flood canal had been built on the west, both in 1971. What exactly brought you to the "wetlands" and where do you think you were, exactly?

You stated "Even those fields were wetlands." You believe this to be true because of a lack of understanding. You seem to confuse the difference between "wetlands" and "wet lands". The first being an ecological term that contains certain soil, hydrology, and hydric plants. So a crop field might have hydric soil and be periodically flooded - the fact is that crop fields normally don't flood every year and they don't contain hydric plants, therefore it does not conform to the scientific definition of "wetlands". Just because you believe otherwise does not make it right. If you don't agree then you are the one who should work as a PR person for Koch Industries and continue to deny that climate change is human caused.

July 29, 2013 at 6:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Baker Wetlands manager dismantles boardwalk he built as a boy scout

What is pathetic, Mr. Ford is your memory. I'm guessing you were born early-70's? So at the most you were less than 10 years old in "the 70's" when you claimed to have visited "the wetlands". According to the Boyd's there really wasn't anything recognizable as a wetlands back then. From the photos that Roger Boyd showed us in class it was posted "No Trespassing" by Haskell. After 1971 there was no access as the center road was closed. So, Mike, just exactly do you think you visited? I would be interested in knowing how you think the Boyd's destroyed the property? How will people be disturbed while praying in the wetlands once K-10 is completed? It will be much quieter in the Baker Wetlands after the road is done than it is now. Based on past actions, I know you are a person of no action, only threat. So, your threats of federal intervention of KDOT's actions are meaningless. I also know that based on your past actions, you will not attempt to answer my questions and modify your recollections. And for the record - Mr. Brockington is not "my guy".

July 28, 2013 at 7:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Baker Wetlands manager dismantles boardwalk he built as a boy scout

You complain that completing K-10 will bring more truck noise and litter to the Baker Wetlands. What I wonder is why that is of any concern to you? By your own admission, you never go there, why does it matter to you?

With a 12 ft noise wall the noise WILL be less whether you choose to believe it or not and I seriously doubt litter will be getting over the wall. But you go right ahead and keep coming up with irrelevant issues. The point being the road will be built and nobody really cares what you think anymore.

July 27, 2013 at 1:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Baker Wetlands manager dismantles boardwalk he built as a boy scout

Ms. Anna Wilson may be correct, but I would guess that the 12 ft noise wall will deflect more noise from the Medicine Wheel than no noise wall at all. I'm fairly certain that I would not be able to do anything or even suggest anything that would not offend you. The difference between us is that I am willing to tolerate and accept your issues. You, on the other hand, don't seem to be able to tolerate anyone who disagrees with you, which seems to be about 95% of the people who have an opinion.

July 27, 2013 at 1:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Baker Wetlands manager dismantles boardwalk he built as a boy scout

Now you are just being petty so you can claim to be right!
Your definition of "local" is different than mine. To me "local" would mean that they are in Lawrence, or at least Douglas County. Get over yourself.

July 27, 2013 at 12:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Baker Wetlands manager dismantles boardwalk he built as a boy scout

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July 26, 2013 at 5 a.m. ( )

Baker Wetlands manager dismantles boardwalk he built as a boy scout

Your second paragraph is even more irrelevant than the first paragraph. What exactly does completing K-10 on the 32nd st alignment have to do with anything that was done in Louisiana or your growing up along several rivers there. Trust or not, completing K-10 will not divert silt flow from the wetlands and last I checked, it won't have any effect on the livelihoods of any local tribes...oh wait, there are no local tribes to effect !

July 26, 2013 at 4:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )