Hey all you people
Hey all you people
Hey all you people
won’t you listen to meeeee
I just had a journey
No ordinary trip,
A trip filled with green ecology(yyyyy),
Hey man you got to try this journey,
It’s no ordinary journey,
It was the most epic experience with NRCS(SSSSSS)
Okay enough with my remix of Hey all You People from SpongeBob.
On April 6, 2013; all of my fellows (Kurt, Amanda, Mia, Christine, and Jesse) accompanied by Amara and Andrea went to Bristol, CT to meet with Arthur Ramthun and his colleague—who work for the NRCS which is a branch of the USDA.
A little background information about the NRCS, it was originally established by Congress in 1935 as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS). NRCS has expanded to become a conservation leader for all natural resources, ensuring private lands are conserved, restored, and more resilient to environmental challenges, like climate change. Seventy percent of the land in the United States is privately owned, making stewardship by private landowners absolutely critical to the health of our Nation’s environment. NRCS works with landowners through conservation planning and assistance designed to benefit the soil, water, air, plants, and animals that result in productive lands and healthy ecosystems.
The purpose of this trip was to give Bay & Paul Fellows the economic side of the environmental damage. Arthur was nice enough to give a packet that mention, “In late August 2011, Hurricane Irene/Lee cause extensive damage in the City of Bristol. Approximately 18” of rain fell near the town in two separate storms. The Pequabuck River overflowed its backs and large debris plugged critical culverts through the town. The NRSC assisted the town with several projects using Federal Funds and the Emergency Watershed Protection Program.”
Surprisingly, ¼ of total projects is completed with a total of $500,000 is reconstruction; the actual total (estimate) of these projects is $1,800,000! Take about some serious cash.
It was a wonderful experience to get this “private” tour from two people who actually never done this act before; but their expertise in the following areas that they demonstrated to us all around Bristol convinced me. Additionally, I finally acknowledged how the government has this sort of equilibrium between protecting the environment and its habitants. Before this trip I always stereotyped the government as non-environmentalist who preferred expanding and deforesting for society than conserving it; not necessarily true.
To avoid repetitiveness and self-bias in my blog, I included some opinions from my other fellows, in order to include them.
Kurt- I thought the field trip on Saturday was amazing. First of all, the guys that led us on the tour created the tour just for us. Not many people can say that. I went on the trip thinking it was going to be boring but I soon realized it would be very interesting. It was very enlightening just how different the solutions to fixing the damage, and preventing it from happening again. Such as the stone wall that was created to stop the erosion of the hill. It was also interesting how they were able to fix the giant hole in the ground due to erosion. It was also enlightening to see/hear just how much government can stop/make sure a fix can happen when things are damaged in a storm. It was also interesting to see how much different solutions to problems, such as flooding and erosion, can cost. It didn’t even look like it ever had a hole in it. I also can say that I actually know what a watershed is. I would have never known that if I didn’t go on the field trip.
Mia- I thought it was really nice of them to give us a tour, especially since they have never done one before. I would see workers repairing the roads after a huge storm and think why they do they take so long to finish one area. I would get frustrated by road workers because they would take so long and make a lot of noises. But now I see how much work has to be done behind the scenes, how much paperwork needs to be done before workers can even be hired.
Until next the trip, see you guys!
P.S. For more information about NRSC here is their website: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/ct/home/