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Billy Joe Fudge: Bigger culvert, new bridge may be necessary
To solve problem of more frequent flooding on Jamestown Street
Comments re photo 70244 Culvert fails in Town Creek flash flooding more often now
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By Billy Joe Fudge
Recent news in higher elevations of Columbia provides conclusively strong evidence pointing to the "why" of the increased rate of flooding on Town Creek.
- A. - Healthy forests are the most efficient and effective environmental ecosystems at rain water absorption and slow-release retention. Many raindrops are broken up into smaller droplets by leaves, twigs, limbs, stems and woody ground cover beneath the canopy before they even reach the forest floor. After they reach the forest floor they are absorbed by the inches of organic matter on the forest floor before reaching the forest soils beneath. Forest soils are healthy, heavily organic ecosystems in and of themselves and a square foot of the top few of inches of soil has dozens of creepy crawlers that are processing the rotting organic material and creating a fluffy, healthy sponge-like soil in the process. In addition a tablespoon of this same forest soil has billions of good microorganisms which are preparing the minerals and nutrients for quick absorption by the tree and other plant roots.
- B. - The second best rain water retention, natural ecosystem is undisturbed, native grasslands. All the same reasons for the forest ecosystem being number one are scaled down to form the same type conditions only on a less effective and efficient scale in naturally maintained native grasslands.
- C. - Third is grassy farmland consisting of hay and pastureland. Hay would be best with its better ground cover and less soil compaction than pastured fields.
- D. - Fourth and last of course is decreased surface area for rain water to be absorbed. Buildings, roads, parking areas, etc. provide little to no rain water absorption and retention capabilities.
In conclusion and other than turning the Town Creek Watershed back to forest and native grass ecosystems, I think we are left with but one solution which is to replace the said culvert with a larger one or small bridge. - Billy Joe Fudge
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