Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The river will find a way...

A quote sent to me by a friend of our rivers...

"Men may dam it and say that they have made a lake, but it will still be a river. It will keep its nature and bide its time, like a caged animal alert for the slightest opening. In Time, it will have its way; the dam, like the ancient cliffs, will be carried away piecemeal in the currents."
- Wendell Berry

The photo is of the dam on the Milwaukee River at Estabrook park. The debris buildup and ice jam can be seen beyond the concrete dragon's teeth.

An addition:

With the Woolen Mills dam removal in West Bend on the Milwaukee River a similar impoundment was removed and the river came back to life. Read a testament here http://www.wsn.org/shorelands/Milriver.html

This is what could await us in the stretch from Estabrook to Kletzch Park.

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