Stories tagged wetlands

You know, I deliberately DIDN'T post this one two weeks ago because I was sure John Gordon was on the case. But Buzzers and poop stories go together like, well, flies on poop, so this is a must-read. Science Friday
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"This toilet floats. It's an outhouse and sewage-treatment plant in one, processing human waste through a "constructed wetlands." Green builder Adam Katzman, the inventor and builder of the toilet-boat, says it's meant to be more inspirational than practical. His paddle-boat-toilet ("Poop and Paddle"), parked at a marina in Queens, demonstrates how sewage and rainwater can be converted to cattails and clean water. It's a zero-waste waste disposal system."
May
29
2008

Here's mud on your truck: Here's a sample of mudder truck action. These photos are not from the May 3 event near Isanti, Minnesota, which has generated controversy about how much damage a private property owner can do to his own land.
Here's mud on your truck: Here's a sample of mudder truck action. These photos are not from the May 3 event near Isanti, Minnesota, which has generated controversy about how much damage a private property owner can do to his own land.Courtesy katiew
When does a mud hole turn into a wetland?

That’s a question that’s heated up debate in the north metro area as a rural Isanti man now faces wetland damage charges after hosting a mudder truck event on his property earlier this month.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources cited the guy under a little-used law for wetland damage. If convicted in court, he could be forced to restore the mud hole/wetland to its former condition, pay a big fine and/or serve jail time.

Chad Hunt, the property owner, contends he can do anything he’d like on his own property and that the area where the trucks were rumbling around on was just a mud hole. About a dozen modified trucks took part in the event on May 3, and also drew a large crowd of spectators.

The DNR took aerial photos of the site after the event (included in the news story link above) that show a large amount of truck ruts and damage.

So what do you think? How far do individual property rights extend when it comes to actions that could have negative environmental consequences? Where does a mud hole end and a wetland begin? What rights does a property owner forfeit when it comes to activities that take place on his property? Share your thoughts here with other Science Buzzers.