To the editor:
In the Aug. 27 Journal you carried an article on page 3A headlined, “Cameras to catch LeSueur River erosion.” Well, I have lived in the Minnesota River Valley more than 80 years and wish to say a bit about what I see going on. We wonder why there is erosion, but where do we keep water? City folks and farmers do not want to live in or on a pond. Everyone does all he can to get rid of water. I even see sump pumps pumping right onto blacktop streets at places.
When it rains, that rain water has to go some place. On the high ground the water seeks a lower point, and water does move things.
I really never hear of anyone talking about how much moisture falls. The University of Minnesota did a study showing that the most recent 30 years have been the wettest on record. At Waseca, a 29 percent increase from 1921-1950; at Willmar, a 28 percent increase from 1921-1950; at Mankato a 17 percent increase, 1921-1950.
The article also tells that soil erosion off of farm fields has been greatly reduced. I feel that we are first seeing the erosion in ravines. Folks, I have been seeing that as a big problem all my life.
We are covering mor of our universe with blacktop, cement, roofs and then we dig ditches to take the water off real fast. We have built dams, but I think I heard that the Redwood Pond is full of silt, also the Rapidan Dam.
Then I look at the Minnesota River Valley, and I wonder what kind of stream must have cut this valley and the Mississippi Valley, and I wonder how that could have been altered. Yes, we have a job.