What Happens When You Dig a Big Hole in an Estuary

Sediment Plume in Omaha Bay

Sediment Plume in Omaha Bay

Since the forest was cleared by the pioneers, huge amounts of sediment and topsoil have washed into our estuaries and into coastal waters.  This causes all sorts of environmental problems, with accumulating silt in estuaries promoting rapid increase in mangrove spread, and silt accumulating on rocky reefs offshore damaging marine life sensitive to silt clogging respiratory and feeding mechanisms.
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