Go with the Flow
Clarke Sanders - April 12, 2016 6:28 pm
I see where part of the proposed sales tax increase will fund some river projects if passed. In addition to restoring the flow, building some trails is part of what is included.
I don’t think I can support this, but Jason Gage will be our guest on Thursday’s Friendly Fire and Jane Anderson with Friends of the River will be on my show next Monday, so I’m going to give both of them a chance to tell me why I’m wrong.
Here’s the deal: Almost everybody agrees that the first step in revitalizing the river is restoring the flow. Hand in hand with removing TONS of silt is building a silt pond so we don’t wind up in this same situation again down the road. So, what is the problem with taking on that—and that alone—and once that is done waiting a few years and see about funding other projects (including trails) relative to the river.
The river wasn’t broken overnight and it is not going to be fixed overnight. There are people who are going to work on it who will not realize the benefits of their efforts. As Wes Jackson is fond of saying, “If you’re working on a problem you can solve in your lifetime, you’re thinking too small.”
The first step in fixing the problem is restoring and maintaining the flow. Let’s do that and go from there.