To the editor:
Your recent editorial on Wildcat Creek pointed out a matter of importance to all of us in and near Manhattan — namely, the management of this wonderful natural resource (Wildcat Creek) or, more to the point, our failure as a community to properly manage it. The issue of greatest concern is flooding, which occurred several years ago within the city, nearly occurred again very recently within the city limits, and is certain — absolutely certain — to occur again at some point. But the matter goes well beyond that of flooding to the issue of the health of the creek itself and therefore the creek’s contributions to our health, as individuals and as a community.
As something of a disclaimer, I might point out that despite my address, my ox is not directly gored by the creek’s flooding, since I live two miles away from the creek and far above the level of the creek bed.
I believe, however, that the management of Wildcat Creek is a concern for all of us, regardless of where we might live. We must, in other words, step forward as a community to address this issue.
I join you in urging our city and county commissioners to come together and work toward regional, coherent and effective management of Wildcat Creek, following up on the good work that has been done by concerned citizens in the form of the working group mentioned in your editorial.