There's an image floating around in email boxes everywhere. Niagara Falls, Silenced. The image is startling. And to be there in person, one can only imagine what it must have looked and felt like standing on the brink...
It brings to mind some feelings that came to me last week, when the county workers brought in their heavy machinery. I wondered what in the world was going on - all that NOISE! Nitro and my little band of Corgis were going CRAZY with yipping and barking!
I looked up the road from our lane (seen on the left of this photo). Oh, they are doing some road repair - that is good! Michigan has received some government stimulus money to repair some roads and highways in the state...but this hardly qualifies as a "Major Road"...wonder what is up with that?Hmmm. It doesn't look like the usual "patch job" that is done out here in the country. Underground cables??? I don't THINK so!Tubes! DRAINAGE TUBES! I am horrified at what they have done! This has been a wetland for years - home to countless species of turtles, spring peepers, frogs and tree frogs,Mallard families, and also families of lovely Wood Ducks!
How COULD they?!?!? The area down below us was FILLED with water! Deer and fox visited, wild turkey would parade by with their young - it was a joyous area each spring when the peepers sang their merry tunes in the early morning and late into the evening...And now...a murky mud hole, quite probably on its way to being a dry dirt cake, useless to landowners, useless to the wildlife. I took my camera with me to check out WHY....and there is no reason I can find for the county to do this to me, to the creatures who are now homeless. We own half of this particular wetland, and I was always told it is against the law to mess with wetlands or to change them in any way by removing water, adding soil to build it up, or other things some folks dream up to get rid of bogs, marshes, and swamps. I am furious this has happened to something I love and hold dear - and I'm going to be looking for answers!
A lovely wetland - SILENCED.