A note arrived that a nearby park which is part of my daily walking route will be closed so that the creek bed can be widened for flood control efforts. The portion to be closed is a half mile long and unfortunately include a section of the park that is a conduit between parks. The plan is to remove the existing trees, widen the channel of the little creek, reinforce the new embankments, and then, "One hundred twenty-one (121) native trees will be replanted towards the end of project construction in 2016". The closure will continue for about a year.
Looking at this from the positive side, the one year estimate is considerably less than the ten years that it took to build the Panama Canal and the Suez Canal, while the 61 mile long Kiel Canal took eight years. The canal that Xerxes built across and isthmus in Greece took 3 years. What has puzzled me more is the need to have native species replanted, since clearly I am not a native species here, nor are the Chinese and Indian Indians who frequent the park. Why is it that invasive species are offensive in most cases, unless we are talking about homosapiens, at which point the more invasive the better? But then if we talk about building housing for all the aliens, people start getting sour and grumpy again.