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Essay-ArgumentationForConsofChannelization

Names:GarretE,CiyjarahW,EmilyM,andDavenK.
Date:10/20/16
Class:A

Overthepast100years,homesandbusinesseshavebeenbuiltalongtheLosAngeles
river.Theyvebeenmanagedwithdamsandchannelization.Anyeffortstoreturntheriverback
tonaturalitymustconsidertheimpactontheresidentsthathavecolonizedalongtheriver.
Whenthechannelwasaddedinthe1940sandeversinceitmadepeoplefeelsaferinLos
Angelesandencouragedthecitytobecomeoverpopulatedovertheyears.(Emily)Whena
streamischannelizedthereisalossoftreesandvegetationandthespeedofthewater
increaseswhichcauseanumberofproblems.Withoutvegetationwildlifehasahardertime
findingfood,andwithouttreesanimalssuchasbirdslosetheirhomes.Whenthespeedofthe
waterincreases,fishthatcantswiminfastmovingwateraredrivenout.(GarretE.)
Channelizationreducesvegetationalongthestreambank.Streambankerosionisanevitable
process,butbylettingthestreammeandernaturally,theprocesswillbeslow.With
channelization,itcantake10yearsforstreambankerosiontodotheamountofdamageit
mighthavetaken100yearstodonaturally.(Emily)Withadamcomesastrugglesof
sedimentarydepositionalbuildupinthereservoir.Withinandoutsidetheriverthatwould
normallywashdownstreamgetbuiltupbehinddamsandstarttoconsumealargeamountof
oxygenastheycompose.Damoperatorsreleaseoxygendeprivedwaterwithunnatural
temperatureintheriverbelow,theyharmdownstreamenvironmentsaswell.(CiyJarah)
Floodinginitselfisanaturalevent,andallowstheflowofsediments/nutrientsintoareas
wheresaidnutrientsarelacking.Itsanaturalevent,anaturaldisaster,ofwhichthe
ecosystemsareusedtothiscertainshockandcanrecoverquickly.Whiletheissueofflooding
comesinmindwithmanmadestructures,issueslikethesecanbeeasilyavoidedwithsmarter
designofbuildingsthatareabletosurviveflooding,similartothedesignsofhousinginNew
Orleans.(DavenK.)

EscondidoCreekChannelizationHistory
http://escondidocreek.org/current-projects/reveal-escondido-creek/
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EPA.govInformationonHabitatAlteration/Hyrdomodification
https://www.epa.gov/polluted-runoff-nonpoint-source-pollution/nonpoint-source-hydromodification-and-habitat-a
lteration
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http://hudsonvalleyone.com/2012/01/16/on-the-rocks-channelization-a-solution-or-a-problem/
USGS.gov,ScientificPieceonTheResearch,Development,andImpactofChannelizationinthePocmokeRiverin
Maryland
https://profile.usgs.gov/myscience/upload_folder/ci2012Feb1709142427921Kroes%20and%20Hupp%202010.pdf
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