Thursday, April 8, 2010

If you aren't a nature nut, can you really be green? green things depend on the soil! So do all people, whether they talk about being green or not!

Please click on image to ENLARGE view of deep, dark, south Fayetteville and the layer of clay beneath that guides water that soaks through to the nearest entry to a surface or underground stream.
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World Peace Wetland Prairie is the riparian zone of a small stream that historically was fed by seep springs and rainwater from three directions when the first westward immigrants settled Fayetteville, Arkansas.
World Peace Wetland Prairie has the deepest layer of deep rich soil in its subwatershed because leaves and other vegetative matter accumulated as the flowing water slowed and soaked into the absorbent soil and enriched that soil.
Pinnacle Foods Inc.'s wet prairie to the west is the main source of clean water flowing to World Peace Wetland Prairie at this time. Before the railroad was built, water flowed off Rochier Hill to the northwest and from the prairie and savannah to the north of WPWP that has been replaced by fill dirt and paving for apartments. Water from the east and north slopes of the high land where Pinnacle Foods Inc. now sits flowed to WPWP along with all the water from the high ground near 15th Street, which moved north to WPWP before flowing east to the Town Branch of the West Fork of the White River. 
Such remaining remnants of prairie help keep the water where it falls and recharge the groundwater. Like the many similar remnants of such prairie in our diverse geographical area, WPWP and Pinnacle Prairie are the surface manifestations of a significant bedrock fault. Such sunken wetland is a characteristic feature that appears above geological faults worldwide.
The Karst map shows the WPWP watershed in red, meaning that it is a critical groundwater recharge area. Preserving such depressional wetland in our city is the least expensive way to reduce downstream flooding and siltation of our water supply. Hundreds of native plants grow and birds and other wildlfe prosper on wetland. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

They are scraping the ditches a lot wider than they did in the past. Is it BECAUSE you have made them look wrong-headed publicly and they want to remind you that the state highway commission has been independent of the legislature for decades and exercise more control than the state supreme court or the governor?