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Restoration of Stevenson Creek to resume

CLEARWATER, Fla., Oct. 18 — T.J. Thompson is eager for work to resume.

Thompson has lived on the north bank of Stevenson Creek since 2000 and is hopeful a project to remove muck from the water could help reduce the smell of the polluted water body.

The local water treatment plant responsible for the contamination.

But the contamination hasn’t kept him from taking his boat out on the water, even if the tides sometimes do.

“We have a small window when we can get out,” Thompson said.

Soon though, Thompson and others who live near the creek, could enjoy fishing, boating and watching wildlife. After a prolonged standstill, the Stevenson Creek Aquatic Restoration is scheduled to resume work this month.

The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded the contract to remove 105,000 cubic yards of muck and sediment to Paul Howard Construction Company after firing the initial contractor earlier in the year.

“The goal is to dredge the lower reaches of Stevenson Creek,” said Amanda Ellison a spokeswoman for the Army Corps of Engineers. “Some sandy dredged materials will be returned to the creek to create shoreline mangrove areas, and [the] dredged muck will be trucked to an offsite disposal area.”

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Ferngully: more than just family entertainment

The world could learn a thing or two from Ferngully: The Last Rainforest.

Crysta tries to heal a wounded tree

Unable to sleep, I popped the 1992 animated film into my DVD player at 430 this morning, eager for a comforting classic to lull me back to la-la-land. But the familiar tale of one curious fairy’s quest to explore the vast rainforest did more than just ease my chatty mind.

The themes of the family flick, pollution and deforestation, hold more true now, in the 21st century, than they did when the movie was released in the early 90s. The experience of these man-made catastrophes are portrayed from a fictional point of view (at least I’m told fairies are fictional; I’m not entirely convinced), but the devastating effects are terrifyingly real.

When Crysta, the young, magi-in-training, ventures beyond the reaches of her rainforest home, Ferngully, she discovers that the world is not innocent the way she believed. When she meets Zak, a human, she allows him a glimpse at forest life. But what she doesn’t realize is that Zak is part of a logging team, who are there solely to cut down the trees to manufacture lumber. The team has also accidentally released Hexxus, who represents the pollution such actions cause. But once Zak sees the pain and destruction his crew is causing, not only to the fairies, but to the rest of the forest animals, he teams up with Crysta to bring an end to the demolition. Together, they are able to shut down the logging company, trap Hexxus and save Ferngully, all while reminding me of the simple joy of make-believe.

But sadly, the idea of forever shutting down the logging industry is  make-believe.

The after-math of the logging industry

There may not be such things as fairies, but the message Ferngully gets across is very real. Logging and deforestation have always been dangerous issues, but it won’t be much longer until these forests are no longer endangered: they will just be gone completely. The rate of deforestation far surpasses that of new tree growth; some forests may never grow back. Even through forest management and recovery, there’s still no guarantee the forests we willingly and intentionally destroy will ever recover. And these forests are crucial parts of innumerable ecosystems. Not only are we destroying plant life, we are forcing animal life out of their natural habitats, causing many to become endangered and extinct. And if, and when, it gets bad enough, the repercussions will not just affect isolated plant and animal life.

If we don’t do something soon, we’ll soon be facing global consequences.


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