Sunday, July 22, 2012

Mangrove reflections

This is another view that shows that the Tamarindo estuary's mangrove swamp is suitable only for wildlife habitat and wetlands for water runoff storage.

In the USA, 50 years ago the Army Corps of Engineers probably would have built a levee lining the estuary to prevent the water from flowing into the swamp so that the land behind the levee could be used for agriculture or developed for housing.  The "channelization" the Mississippi River has caused higher floods even when there is less volume of water.

It is better to leave wetlands in the natural state, and to allow flood waters to flow into land that accommodates the high water times, other than to protect already populated areas, where people built in the flood plain before people and government had the wisdom to leave flood plains in their natural state.

Today is Sunday, so we have new photos on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.  This week we are showing some photos of the menthol blue waters of the Colorado River at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

6 comments:

Judy said...

nice reflections.

Kate said...

Great reflections, Dave! It looks a little spooky to me, tho.

Sharon said...

Wise words today!

glenda said...

Great reflections and words of wisdom.

Jack said...

Amen to your comments today about the land use policy around shorelines.

The reflection photo is excellent.

JM said...

Beautiful reflection shot!

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