Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fires have impacted the water table

    Regarding the article in the Sept. 24 Mountain Express regarding drying wells, I was surprised that there was no mention of the extreme effect that the fires have had on the river’s ability to percolate into the ground. Anyone who has dug holes for construction projects should be noticing that the ash has plugged the pores in the river bottom and stopped the normal percolation that has traditionally occurred.
    Dry wells and wet wells that normally show the water table as being the same as the river level are now much lower than that. The spring flush raised these levels for a while but the August rain brought sediment that has re-plugged the river bottom. The wetlands by Lion’s Park are another indicator of this phenomenon. This is likely only a factor in wells going down, along with others pointed out in the article, but should not be ignored.
Clif Cunha

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