Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Until a couple of days ago when the bulldozers came. Water management is a huge issue in this area. Why? Because pre-settlement most of this area was wetlands. Natural cranberry bogs. Not someplace you would want to start a farm.
But farmers came and by establishing a wide-reaching network of drains, they were able to reduce the moisture in the fields to the point that the ever-present corn and beans now blanket the fields. Still, though, these are the last fields to be planted every spring because they hold the water so long.
I don't entirely understand why they clear-cut the green growth along the drains. All I know is that they believe that they will improve drainage by clearing them out. Maybe they're going to dredge the creek once they clear the shrubby growth?
What I do know is that this morning I watched a Great Blue Heron flying low over the creek, circling around to get a better look. The heron fishes in this creek. But now its protective cover is gone from this section. I expect it will move further down for the summer. It made me sad.
Posted by Johanna at 8:04 AM