What happens to a stream

Most of the flooding in our region is caused by the impervious layers (roads and parking lots) and the fact that we rush water away from the roads into small streams that end up in the river faster than intended by nature. Many of our small streams are also incised or intrenched. We need to reconnect all our streams to the flood plain and stop the water where it falls so it can go into the aquifer where it belongs. The truth is that what we have done to our streams in the Southern Tier for the last 40 years has been wrong, we need to start doing things right based on science and fact. This slide show is proof that we knew this 40 years ago but we instead wanted to live in a flood plain. Fact is we can not stop flooding or erosion, we can do stream projects that work during high water periods to protect property. We always throw money at problems for a quick fix which ends up washing downstream during the next flood. If we do projects that slow the movement of water into the rivers the less damage we will see. Dredging the river will not work at all, in fact the flooding water will move that material on its own if it is in the way. Trust me watch and learn you can also go to the EPA web site and learn more about water management.

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