‘But It Was Still A Brook’

A must-read from Henrietta Jordan at Adirondack Wild on the destruction of John’s Brook in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks. I’ve never read a better assessment of channelizing mountain streams.

“After Irene passed, the brook was a mess—huge chunks of its banks had been gouged away, tree trunks and debris were piled up, and cobbles were strewn everywhere. But it was still a brook. And if you walked the banks of it, you could see that this had happened before, that violent storms had caused pileups of boulders now covered by forest duff and trees, as the brook shifted in its valley over millennia as brooks are wont to do.”

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