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Re: Boston's "ditch"

> << But Boston College has challenged the idea that such a tiny stream should
>  be protected under the rivers act. It is not a permanent waterway, college
>  officials said, because it dries up for stretches of time. >>

> Well...... so what?  There are a large number of fish in the world, from
> annual killifish in South America and Africa, to large fish such as the
> African Lungfish, which live in water that is temporary.  Developers just want
> to see to it that such waterways dry up permanently so they can cover them
> with concrete.

This is also the same problem people who are trying to protect wetlands
face.  Many wetlands are only "wet" (surface water) part of the year so
developers claim they are not wet lands. Sometimes they are not even
recognized at being wet lands.  That is until you 'doze over all the trees
and other plant life and build something there.  THEN you realise all
those trees and such were performing a very important job controlling the
water.  Without them there it then turns into a wet mess. 

Patrick Timlin         http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/4742/
ptimlin at geocities_com