NANFA-L-- labor services and stream cleaning

Mike Austin (
Thu, 5 Jan 2006 11:47:16 -0800 (PST)

Just curious if anybody in other states or other parts of Ohio (besides southeastern) have "stream cleaning" by some type of labor service. I am trying to find out more, but here, unemployed are provided work/money to clean channels from what seems to be under the guise of flood control. Through work agreements these folks will come on to your property and clean out your channel...brush next to the stream, trees that are leaning over the streams/river, and trees lying in streams are removed. Essentially, the wood is stacked next to the stream/river and burned. It looks pretty nasty to me...and runs counter to flood prevention...except maybe in the rare instance where a half dozen trees could be stacked up behind a bridge pier or abutment. This has been going on for quite some time. I am thinking it is a "public perception" issue with no science involved....
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