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  Government agencies and tree removal?
  Posted by: Guideboatguy on Apr-23-13 10:57 PM (EST)

-- Last Updated: Apr-24-13 10:11 AM EST --

Your comment about reporting a blockage to some government agency, and your expectation that somebody there would actually do something, seems like quite a stretch. I honestly can't imagine a scenario where anyone in any branch of public service would care or even have such a responsibility. I don't see flooding as an issue at all, since the biggest, densest, nastiest log jams I've seen don't raise the river enough to notice (in fact, as soon as a tree falls and obstructs flow, the river simply scours a hole underneath it), but in any case, the very idea of "improving flow" has, for decades now, been seen as old-fashioned and counter-productive on any river small enough for logjams to be a consideration. What I have seen is that on any river with more than sporadic boat traffic (whether motorboats or paddle craft), someone will clear a path, and if there's no traffic to speak of but the river is narrow enough to be blocked by one or two trees, there will be not just those but dozens or even hundreds of others along any stretch long enough to be considered a daytrip. Maybe trees are scarce in Texas, but here, I think one probably falls across a river, somewhere in the state, about every five seconds :)

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