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"Iowa Flooding Could Be An Act of Man, Experts Say"

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posted on Jun, 19 2008 @ 11:38 PM
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As the Cedar River rose higher and higher, and as he stacked sandbags along the levee protecting downtown Cedar Falls, Kamyar Enshayan, a college professor and City Council member, kept asking himself the same question: "What is going on?"

The river would eventually rise six feet higher than any flood on record. Farther downstream, in Cedar Rapids, the river would break the record by more than 11 feet.


Obviously as the human population grows and therefore our "foot print" grows more and more of the Natural Landscape becomes Human / Built Landscape. Of course 'for every action there is a equal or greater reaction' so this should be no surprise.



Enshayan, director of an environmental center at the University of Northern Iowa, suspects that this natural disaster wasn't really all that natural. He points out that the heavy rains fell on a landscape radically reengineered by humans. Plowed fields have replaced tallgrass prairies. Fields have been meticulously drained with underground pipes. Streams and creeks have been straightened. Most of the wetlands are gone. Flood plains have been filled and developed.

"We've done numerous things to the landscape that took away these water-absorbing functions," he said. "Agriculture must respect the limits of nature."


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Now I am not claiming to have an answer to this problem I just want to point out the fact that there is a problem. While I am also what tends to be labeled as 'tree huggin' dirt worshiper' I am also a designer by trade and therefore in every problem I see the opportunity for solutions.




posted on Jun, 20 2008 @ 12:58 AM
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Originally posted by Animal
Now I am not claiming to have an answer to this problem I just want to point out the fact that there is a problem. While I am also what tends to be labeled as 'tree huggin' dirt worshiper' I am also a designer by trade and therefore in every problem I see the opportunity for solutions.


When I first read the subject line for this topic, I thought I would find some more information on "Weather Wars" and how some people believe that this series of storms is really "man made", as in HAARP weapons technology.

In either case, it would appear that "we" are the problem, after all.

There are also worse things than being a tree hugger....



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