I got to see some gals from back home last weekend. It was a blast. So much fun to catch up. Good food. Fun times.
I had to drive a little to get myself to brunch. On the way, I passed many a field. Many. A. Field.
And I started thinking.
I don't think I've ranted on this topic here before. It's not necessarily a passion of mine....or a call I feel towards social activism. Perhaps a call to common sense? To The Greater Good. To Thinking About Thy Neighbor.
Where am I going with this?
I live in the lovely state of Minnesota. We have this thing here called No Net Loss. It's about wetland protection to put it completely plainly. Which is the only way I know how to put it. What it means is: if a big company, say Wal Mart, builds a gigantic store on land that had been protected or labeled as "Wetland", then they must pay for someone else or for themselves to put an equal amount of qualifying land that had not been previously categorized as "Wetland" into "Wetland." Which makes sense, right? Yes.
It's all well and good. Wetland is good. Good for wildlife. Good for everyone.
I have no problem with No Net Loss.
I have a problem with drain tiles. (Stay with me, this eventually ties together....sort of....)
Miles and miles and miles and miles of drain tiles.
I'm sure you've seen it.
This time of year, or any time of year when the ground isn't frozen or planted, you can drive yourself into the country and see farmers laying black plastic tubing into their fields. It keeps things dry helping to dispel standing water. Which is fantastic for farmers. Fantastic!
Do you know what happens with water that once filtered into the ground slowly, that now quickly and efficiently funnels out of a field? It goes somewhere else. Like to the rivers and ditches and lakes and any other place that does not have drain tile.
All over my wonderful state we are experiencing record Springtime flooding. Where is all this water coming from the people wonder....hmmmm?
It's such a mystery.
Perhaps we could have something called No Net Gain? Maybe for every mile of drain tile placed in the ground a few gallons of worth of water withholding could be built? A lake? A diversion? Something?
Am I the only one who gets her undies in a bundle over problems that have seemingly simple solutions? I know we aren't the only place in the world with this problem. And don't get me started about the chemicals that have been ushered by drain tiles into the aquifers and rivers and lakes and streams and oceans.