Random thoughts about hydrogen, engineering, business and life by Dr. Robert E. Buxbaum

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The Trump campaign has actually been claiming it wants to “drain the swamp,” that is to dispossess Washington’s inbred army of academic consultants, lobbyists, and reporter-spin medical professionals, but the motto got me to think, how would certainly you drain a swamp literally? First some technical meanings. Technically speaking, a swamp is a kind of wetland also unique from a marsh in that it has actually no significant circulation. The water simply, sort-of sits there. A swamp is likewise unlike a fen or a bog in that swamp water consists of enough oxygen to support life: frogs, mosquitos, alligators,., while a fen or bog does not. Usual speech ignores these distinctions, and also so will certainly I.

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Bald cypress in a bog-swamp through tree knees in foreground.


Another solution is trees, probably the cheapest solution to drain a little swamp or retention pond, A full-grown tree will certainly transpire thousands of gallons per day into the air, and they require no conduit connecting the groundwater to a river. Trees look nice and deserve to complement French drains and bioswales where there is drainage to river. You desire a species that is water tolerant, low maintenance, and has actually impressive transpiration. Options incorporate the river birch, the red maple, and my favorite, the bald cypress (picture). Bald cypush trees can live over 1000 years and also deserve to grow over 150 feet tall — generally right up. When grown in low-oxygen, bog water, they build knees — bits of root-hardwood that extfinish above the water. These assist oxygen absorption and boost tree-stcapability. Cypress trees were used broadly to drainpipe the swamps of Israel, and also hollowed-out cypush logs were the initially pipes supplied to lug Detroit drinking water. Some of these pipes remain; they are remarkably rot-resistant.

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Robert E Buxbaum, December 2, 2016. I ran for water commissioner of Oakland also county, MI 2016, and shed. I’m an engineer. While teaching at Michigan State, I gained an appreciation for what you might execute through trees, grasses, and also drains.