I was glad to see the Herald article about clearing debris from the English Coulee in front of the culvert at Sertoma Park (“Cleaning up the coulee,” Oct. 3). I live along the coulee close to that location, and I can tell you that the culvert in question has been plugged solid for the last couple years.
I am thankful for the Grand Forks County Soil Conservation District getting the job done, because the city seems to do nothing about the problem. In the summertime we get a backup of green algae for several hundred yards that also inundates the pond at the Japanese Garden at Sertoma. It looks terrible, it smells terrible. It degrades the garden the city promotes, and it degrades the coulee for those residents living along the coulee. The city needs to do more to keep these culverts clear and keep the flow unobstructed.
And while we’re on the subject of the English Coulee, it should also be noted that there is a significant beaver problem as well. I, my neighbors and Sertoma Park lose trees every year because of the beavers. I know the city uses a federal trapper for beaver management, and I have talked to him personally as well, but a lot of the time he is too busy dealing with farmers and ranchers to come trap beavers in the city. Perhaps the city needs to have someone trained to trap the beavers as well. They are very destructive animals and not only take down trees, but also cause significant bank erosion and collapse along the coulee. In fact, if you look in Sertoma Park along the coulee you will see two large sections that are blocked off with orange snow fence because of massive holes created by beaver dens.
Unfortunately the city hasn’t done much about these either, as I have been looking at this orange snow fence the last couple years. Why haven’t these holes been filled in? You would think it would be a liability to the city if some child were to fall in one of these holes that are several feet deep.