without clear understanding of ramifications to nature and natural systems -is an action we humans have historically taken- only to later find chaos as an outcome.
I’m very concerned that chaos to nature caused by human tinkering could be a potential outcome in a small wetland area in my community.
I think that actions currently being taken by the city public works department could dramatically impact the ecology of wetland systems. These are some reasons why I believe a sustained practice of breaching dams within the watershed could set the stage for ecologic chaos:
- areas that have typically been submerged are now mudflats;
- ponds and pond-lets that provide habitat for fish and various beneficial mosquito-eating larvae are flushed out;
- feeding areas and shelter for wetland birds like Great Egrets, Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfishers, Virginia Rail, various ducks, and many others are compromised;
- Painted Turtle habitat is disturbed (research underway to determine effect fluctuating surges of water could have on this species).
Sudden and dramatic drops in water levels… will ecologic chaos be a result?
Weekly Photo Challenge: “chaos“