NANFA-- Things that make me wanna cuss.

Todd Crail (
Sun, 16 Mar 2003 23:31:12 -0500

I went out today to gather photos for a presentation that I'll be giving to
some high school kids this Friday. I wanted to get shots of how siltation
occurs and what it looks like when it's prevented (Ooooh... Pretty Riparian
Coridoor makin' habitat for the wildlife and increasing property values).
I'd collected my arsenal of the good, the bad and the ugly... While driving
home I passed this:

The grassed area is a 1' rise to funnel the water to this pump and keep the
topsoil from just running out, I guess. And yes, this field has a *sump
pump*. Can you believe this? We've now reached an effluency level where
we're using electricity to get rid of a "water problem" that could just be
soaked up and cleansed by natural means. It'd be really interesting to
measure the Phosphate and Nitrogen levels in that water coming straight off.

It's pumping into a ditch that connects two watersheds (they weren't really
worried about where the water went, as long as it went), the Maumee River
and the Ottawa River. The ditches were actually flowing "upstream"
yesterday (I was out in this area then as well), as their outlets weren't
able to get all the run-off away fast enough. <sigh>

At least the field was "No-Till".

I will never understand the people of this state's obsession with plowing to
the ditch/stream/river's edge, and making sure the adjoining plant community
is a fine trimmed exotic LAWN right to the water's edge.

Sorry to rant. Had to get that off my chest. ;)


I hope you know that this will go down on your permenant record.
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