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Drought allows for slough clean up

Posted: Monday, Jan 27th, 2014

Members of the California Conservation Corps haul discarded agricultural plastic out of Struve Slough last week. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — Though most the talk of the current drought is negative, there is one element to the lack of rain that is advantageous. Since some area sloughs have largely dried up, access to the sloughs is proving beneficial.

For Michelle Templeton, wetlands program coordinator for the City of Watsonville, being able to get out into the dried up sloughs means being able to view the slough and target clean up sites.

“We discovered a few major problems once the water receded,” Templeton said. “We discovered two massive heaps of what appears to be agriculture plastic, the kind commonly used to cover ag fields. The plastic was heaped up out in the middle of Struve Slough.”

For the complete article see the 01-28-2014 issue.

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