Creeks and Wolves

The Assiscunk Creek flows out of the Delaware River and through the heart of my town of Burlington. All of Burlington is a watershed, meaning that all the rain in Burlington collects and drains into a common outlet; in this case, the water collects in the Assiscunk Creek and drains into the Delaware River. The entire town benefits from this environmental fact. Rain collecting in the creek rather than simply pooling until the evaporated by the sun helps keep our roads safer and our soil from getting too bogged. Furthermore, when it rains, the Creek floods; as a result, multitudes of plant life have arisen in the lands in and surrounding the Creek that benefit greatly from bursts of water. When it rains, the Creek keeps this flora alive and maintains the environment of the town. This is in direct contrast to a phenomenon described in Delta Landscapes. Floods resulting from storm surges were common to the Dutch as well, but to the Dutch, flooding meant losing valuable settled land to the vast, hungry ocean. Their pain was reflected in the name they gave this phenomenon: Water-wolves. While in Burlington, we are protected from the floods and view them in a positive light, the Dutch were severely hurt by frequent flooding and have spent their history finding innovative ways to counteract it.


One thought on “Creeks and Wolves

  1. Kyle,

    I enjoyed how you described the contrast between your flood plain and the Dutch Deltas. It sounds like your community has built around the river as it brings benefits to its people (at least historically). The positive effect on nature sounds incredible as well. It sounds like a cool area to visit.



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