Pat Shingleton: "Garbage Dams..."
The 40 year drought for California could be lessened due to an over abundance of persistent rain. Many are preparing for additional mudslides over the next few weeks. Four years ago, the Daily China reported that intense rain on the Yangtze River not only caused flooding but additional problems. China’s Three Gorges Dam serves its purpose of water control and hydroelectric power. However a lack of garbage control strands garbage above the dam. Often our own Ward's Creek is scattered with debris and the summer rains and floods created such a problem that waste was so thick people were walking on the river’s surface. Due to additional episodes of flooding and garbage collection, China allots more than $1.5 million yearly to clean up the stagnant trash. The cause of the waste is similar to other waste problems around the world - it is man made. The high concentration of population upstream reflects more than 150 million people and with the lack of appropriate disposal methods, the river becomes the source for trash that heads downstream.