May 22, 2017 07:04

Erosion Isn’t All Bad

While controlling soil erosion is often necessary to protect national monuments and private property, it’s easy to forget that erosion itself is a natural, necessary process. All soil is formed by erosion, due to wind and water breaking down rocks and washing them to the ground. Erosion also played a key part in forming many national landmarks, such as the Great Sand dunes in Colorado and the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

Yes, soil erosion can be destructive and worrying, even to the point of using man-made equipment to keep soil from washing away. But it’s also Mother Nature’s way of keeping the earth in check.

Work to Resume at Wampanoag Casino Site

In Taunton, Massachusetts, erosion-control work is set to resume on the 170-acre parcel where the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe plans to build its $600 million First Light Resort & Casino. After a hiatus, crews will work on erosion prevention. The work will focus on draining water and erosion control, including trenching, well-digging and regrading. It is expected to last for about a month.

“This work underscores our commitment to preserve and protect the value of our land and our investment in sustainable development,” Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Chairman Cedric Cromwell said in a statement. “It is in our cultural dNA to be environmental stewards of the land that has sustained our people for generations.”


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