Got to tromps around in the mud this morning. Our UNT stadium pond project got its first glimpse at wetland restoration.
- it takes for-e-ver to get a 404 permit sometimes
- contractors are a nervous bunch when they’ve never before done this type of work
- one should know the visual difference between horsetail reed and spike rush…and know their preferred water depths in which they grow (especially when the pond level is unnecessarily low in order to plant the plants
- mud boots a great; no snakes in the pond (yet) is even greater
- cattails are bad in all cases…damn those things
Wetland plantings are fun, well maybe not so much for the men doing the planting in mud.
We did good for the environment today. It was good for the soul. So it was also therapeutically good for the skin even though the mud stays caked under fingernails for a couple days despite your best removal efforts with a pocketknike, nail clipper, or vigorous shampooing with the fingertips (not that I know that for a fact, nor am I really concerned a whole lot with such an eeky thing).