Editor, Index-Tribune:

The explanation about the “real fix for Fryer Creek” (Index-Tribune Op-Ed, Aug. 8) by Grant Davis, general manager of the Sonoma County Water Agency, is a politically correct piece, obviously written without a site visit.

Davis discusses non-native fish and vegetation, and mentions the large restoration work that the Sonoma Ecology Center has done, and flood control.

I have walked the creek for 10 years and have never seen flooding. Neither have neighbors who have lived here for a much longer period. The native grasses and trees that were planted by the Ecology Center are virtually non-existent. The fact that the planted trees will eventually create a riparian canopy is ludicrous. I doubt any of us will be alive if and when that were to occur.

Regardless, my aim is not to dispute the article, but to create awareness for the suffering family of ducks that continue to live in the area. They have obviously imprinted on this one, small section of the creek and, unlike statements made by officials, haven’t miraculously moved downstream to Shangri-La conditions.

These 12 ducks are in bad shape, living under the pedestrian bridge with no water. They are prone to attacks by cats and dogs without the deeper water for protection, not to mention their loss of food supply. One duck, in particular, having all white feathers, now is stained with mud.

Perhaps the Index-Tribune will come take a photo prompting some animal group to relocate the ducks now living in a dry creek bed filled with debris.


Ellen Shannahan