Daylighting gets a national perspective
July 16, 2009 § 2 Comments
How fun it is, to find your blog included as a link to the likes of the New York Times in this Dot Earth blog A River Runs Under It!
Ego-boost aside, this is a great story covering the issues and locales of stream and river daylighting. Angelenos who may be accustomed to singling our city out for its environmentally destructive water practices will be surprised or perhaps perversely relieved to learn that in fact, stream culverting (piping) is an age-old practice. Case in point (not mentioned in the story), Alfred Foord’s 1911 Springs, Streams and Spas of London noted that its rivers and streams were covered there starting in the Middle Ages.
And if it has taken Londoners a few centuries to move from culverting to daylighting, then I guess a little patience with LA is warranted. Although the Dot Earth piece shows that other cities are actually daylighting and restoring their rivers. And for the price of policing the Michael Jackson memorial service we could have restored a stream. So get on with it already. We’ve got plenty of waterways to work on.
Hmmm, did I just pledge a little patience?