Follow the Water
May 19, 2011
I enjoy your program and watch it a often as I can. I found it quite interesting when John was commenting on "installing as much tile line as our banker will allow" then the next story covered the flooding downstream on the Mississippi. Does John feel that he and others higher in the watershed bear any responsibility for some of the increased flooding? I realize that the amount of runoff varies each year, but what is done in a watershed greatly impacts the rate of flow or what hydrologists call "flashiness". That "wall of water" going down the river would lower and stretched out over time if all the water holding features on the landscape were still in place.
I am a professional forester, forest management and agriculture have similar economic and regulatory issues. As farms have increased in size and mechanization out of economic necessity, so have the loggers and timber harvesting operations.