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Francisquito Creek and flood control

From: domainremoved <"mhopkin_at_>
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:41:49 -0700

Dear Council members:

"Don't fight lost battles" is an important phrase and concept when one is involved in the political and ethical battles like trying to prevent an beautiful, wooded waterway being turned into a cement [trapezoid] walled storm drain in the name of flood control.. And it is gratifying when one "wins" ...as described in my self-published 1975 book A P/U HISTORY OF MENLO PARK, which to this writer's delight is still in the Menlo Park and other libraries. But if one lives long enough, often one witnesses the same battles arising to be fought by conscientious people in the next generation.

Downstream flooding has many causes, including upstream land use. East Palo Alto and bayside parts of many communities were built before we had a thorough understandings of drainage patterns, flood plains and the properties of saturated soils. And these days we are forced to change our thinking on climate itself as we see high cement structures being drowned as water levels rise around the world. The so-called Hundred year Flood is now not an adequate basis for planning our surroundings.

One of the first things done in building or up-grading communities is tending to the landscaping. In many communities, wiser politicians and planners are even replacing parking space with trees. There is a difference in what happens to a person's mind/brain/soul/ heart or whatever you want to call it when looking at a cement wall or even rock-lined creek bed versus a beautiful tree. When it comes to cement vs. vegetation, vegetation will ultimately win.

Martha B. Hopkins P.O. Box 41762, Tucson, AZ 85717 Ph: 520/ 321-1638
Received on Mon Mar 17 2014 - 09:41:05 PDT

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