Over the past couple of days, I’ve been keeping an eye on ECHO’s blog for their reactions to the flood that’s overtaking Lake Champlain. As the museum that is all about the lake, it seems like the best place to go for coverage. Over the past couple of days:
There is garbage mixed in with all of the driftwood. I did a quick inventory while policing ECHO and aside from the random broken flip-flop and old leather shoe, most of the trash was plastic. This is no surprise since plastic floats, it is made into nearly everything and takes forever to break down–almost literally. But where is all of this garbage coming from? Neighborhood streets, yards, parking lots, river banks…you name it. Wherever trash is not thrown in a garbage can or recycled, it gets carried by the rain and snow melt into rivers, streams, creeks and makes it’s way into Lake Champlain. Now with the record shattering flooding, it is coming back to haunt us like ghosts from an earlier time. Unlike watching a scary movie, we can change the ending of this ghost story.
ECHO sits on the shore of the largest bathtub or basin in the region—with a total area of 8,234 square miles—from the tops of the Green Mountains to the east, to the western reaches of the Adirondack Mountains. When rain, snow, sleets or hail falls in the basin, much of the water travels down to Lake Champlain—this year causing record breaking flooding.
There’s some interesting reactions, and pictures on the website, and it’s well worth checking out as the flooding continues onwards.
Photo by Kirpernicus.