8.26.2009

how hard could this be? biodiversity.... sustainability...

how hard could this be?
biodiversity.... sustainability...


the world existed well enough on its own
then the burden of our presence with its rapid growth and all our never ending change interfered with the balance of life
now we need to try and get things back in sync

some of these things should not be too hard

create the ecosystem of the environmental niche so that these animals will survive

this could be as simple as stocking ponds or planting indigenous plants
well... perhaps both

local to DC it would be so easy
so much of the urban parks and Rock Creek Park are an infertile wasteland
these bald patches of land need to be revitalized
so easy... indigenous plants that thrive when they interact with indigenous animals
many plants grow well in tandem with other indigenous plants
and animals that feed on these plants aid in pollination and relocation of seeds

remove invasive non indigenous plants
easier said then done... but some effort versus no effort should be taking place
KUDZO is unacceptable!

I read something once that butterflies thrive in conjunction to one specific flower
or maybe it was Monarch Butterflies that thrive with this one specific flower
either way... easy enough... plant more of these flowers... plant swaths of these flowers in a number of these bald patches of infertile earth
along with of course other indigenous plants

in the tributaries of Rock Creek Park the streams that feed into the main creek are virtually lifeless
bring in basic bluegill and various frogs
it is said that frogs are dying off... well... there are homes with vacancies
more than likely these areas flourished with several varieties of tree frogs and various water level frogs and toads in places where there are not

re-institute these animals
do your study and do it quick
make it happen
let there be some trial and error
let the effort be the study!

bring the creek back to life
just as things can snowball in the wrong direction
there can be a domino effect in a positive direction
stop the decline and start the repair
there must be intervention...
human intervention caused the damage
it will take human intervention to bring about some repair
or else the worst is inevitable

this is classic case of baby steps
think globally and act locally
if everyone just did a little there could be be change
if a little was done in everyone's back yard
you and your backyard!

from rain barrels to green roofs to irrigation gardens
these are not just ideas... these are must act on options

as astro turf is put in place of grass fields... we must act on a balance
an awesome idea of sustainability for the field itself... but there will be some negative backlash
when it rains there will be more run off!
that is more land where water is no longer being absorbed

so... the flood lines need to be slowed
the erosion of Rock Creek Park is rapid right in front of our eyes

slow the flow of water... build barriers to slow the river like flow of water from the high volume summer rains

I am certain that there are similar issues around the USA
especially in Urban Areas
here in DC I witness it right in front of my eyes
not a slow erosion but a rapid stripping of the land right in front of my eyes!

we can not reverse extinction
but we can try not to contribute towards it

easy... our actions should aid in nurturing nature rather than destroying nature
we should all do something
and for some people that something can be as simple as not doing something
it is hard to believe that people still liter... didn't they see the PSA with Eagle Eyes Cody?



1 comment:

John Garrish said...

There is a movement in Northern Virginia related to this (I can't remember how I came across this!)

www.earthsangha.org/dca/sb.html

One of the biggest problems with urban streams is runoff from hardscaping. Basically, too much water runs off into the creeks and it wipes them clean of all life.

Riparian restoration is one alternative. Porous paving is another. Also there has been some use of catch basins in stormwater systems to encourage settling before the water enters the main system. All alternatives are expensive.

But in general I think it is an interesting tie in to cycling. We need large expanses of asphalt for cars. To make communities more walkable you need to alter the roads (traffic calming). If you are going to alter the roads anyway, why not rebuild them with better stormwater handling, which would help the creeks. Everyone wins. Except for those people in their cars who keep giving you the "you're #1" sign. They don't win.