Colton, as promised, posted his take on the controversy of the water district using eminent domain to put a sewage line through the wet lands of the Heard Wildlife Sanctuary. Somehow, I missed the new post. My bad. Click here to see his promised post on Colton’s Blog. As I’ve said before, the Heard (obviously) is not on the square. They, however, are an important attraction for McKinney and are a fundraising partner of the North Texas History Center. For that reason, I think it’s okay to put a post or two on this blog to help raise awareness of their problems.
I don’t know anything about the intricacies of laying sewer lines, so I’m not going to pollute the Internet with my ignorance (this time). I am a nature trail enthusiast, however. I lived in Florida for awhile and I have tons of pictures from Boyd Hill Park in St.Petersburg, Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa and Hillsborough River State Park just outside of Tampa. The wetlands are my favorite. There is something seemingly chaotic about them, but not.
Florida is very protective of their wetlands. I worked at a safety-net clinic that was trying to open a new site in the city of Dover. Their land was beside a highway which was beside a railroad track. There were houses and businesses on either side of the lot. It was not out in the middle of BFE. In fact, there were two houses on the lot itself. One was torn down and once was left. And then it rained. Water gathered in a low spot by the road. I would call it a ditch. You would probably call it a ditch. Someone with the power to do so declared it a wetland. It got protected. It was a d-i-t-c-h.
These are the wetlands at the Heard. How is it that they are not protected? (Really, I’m asking. I’m not being sarcastic or rhetorical. I’d love an answer.)
Perhaps we could save our wetlands if we added alligators. I’m just not sure if we could keep Texans from molesting them. (Relax. It’s a joke. Native born right here. Scared but fascinated by alligators. Wild alligators. State Park. No fences. Awesome.)