Sonoma Ecosystem Restoration Group and the Rainbows at Rock Dam. Myth #5. New Mythology for the Sustainability Age. By Willi Paul, PlanetShifter.com Magazine
Submitted by Willi on Tue, 14 Sep 2010 - 11:00
"Sonoma Ecosystem Restoration Group and the Rainbows at Rock Dam". Myth #5. New Mythology for the Sustainability Age. By Willi Paul
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The Rainbow Trout were gurgling in meditation, slow dancing at the base of Rock Dam when Katrina and Zeke showed up with 120 lb. packs of explosives - and festering dreams. The fish knew what they wanted; what they needed. To "Get Up Stream!"
Other members of the Sonoma Ecology Restoration Group (S.E.R.G.) were positioned in a wide circle, a S.W.A.T. team looking to carefully crack, then splinter apart, this old concrete bastard that some water hogging rancher shoved into MoonShine Creek back in the 50's. The look-outs were there to shoo away any stray hikers or dogs that might have missed the swill of emails, PRs and outreach.
The land water alchemy was Katrina's to set in motion. She is a former demolition expert with the Marines. Zeke? He just got lucky and picked the short straw.
In order to make the 6'- 7" tall, 3' thick, 13' wide dam fall "backwards" into the pool behind it, the charges needed to be set under water, away from the Rainbows. When it's gone, fish will have better access to 57 miles of high-quality spawning habitat upstream of the dam.
A snorkel and a thumbs up later, the explosives were set in a quiet ready row.
"Zee - call in the support," she barked.
Cortez set up the video camera while Sleeny prepared to stomp her way down the creek to keep the trout safe from the concrete show.
"Set?" Called out Katrina!
The old dam coughed up into ~ 35 pieces, a Zen-like radial pattern. Where the dam once held back the Rainbow Trout and the entire ecosystem, there is now small chunks just like in the permit.