The Iroquois River has undesirable high and low levels (flashiness) and flows of water that could negatively impact our towns, agricultural land, water quality, and fish habitat. We think this is because of channelization, sedimentation and increased water inputs (tile outlets, impervious surfaces, loss of upstream water holding capacity), resulting in increased velocity of in-stream water.
What we want:
To ensure flow of water is not hindered via log jams and cleaning areas where needed, while at the same time slowing water down in upper headwater areas to even out the high and low flows (Dunne and Leopold 1978).
Explore and identify sites for two-stage ditches and wetland creations (slow release of water), reduce stream band erosion, increase capacity, decrease velocity, expand existing wetlands areas and/or create new wetland areas in old oxbows and low lying areas, raise public awareness, and create and promote honest and open discussions between various points of view.