Wednesday, August 1, 2012
wetland mitgation program, or one whopping big project with monster-sized trucks
Huge piles of dirt form a ring around the perimeter of the field. Why? For what purpose?
Climbing, of course.
This one gives you some small sense of the scale of this project. It's massive.
All day long the big trucks push, dig, dump and transport that dirt around.
And sometimes those big trucks bring in piles of rocks, too.
And they leave big tracks.
It's an official work site, as evidenced by this plywood covered by permits, rules and other important documents.
Big trucks on our prairie.
I snuck up on the workers from the edge of the woods and took some pictures, too.
That's what goes on back there. All day. Every day. From seven in the morning until five at night.
Back and forth.
It's so weird to see all this space empty when it's usually planted with corn every year. I'll keep you posted as this develops.
From what I understand, they're going to dig some kind of pond and plant a berm with native species. Judging by the scope of this job, I imagine it'll take a little while. I've never seen a wetlands get restored before, and certainly never seen 60 acres go from cropland to wetland. It's easy to imagine how our back forty will benefit from an adjacent 60 acres of wildlife habitat. It's tougher to imagine how that restoration actually happens. But that, my friends, is our tax dollars hard at work in the Badger State.