Ecopoetics Along Shorelines

WRITING IN THE FIELD

May 13, 2018
sincerelylb

In the diking of the Nisqually River Delta, the natural flooding processes were disrupted to support farming. Despite the transformation of the Brown and Braget farms into Wildlife Refuge, the river turned from a source of drinking water to a danger to human health for the Nisqually people and the entire ecosystem. The shellfish downstream of the river cannot be harvested if it rains more than half an inch. They can not be properly tended to by their human relations as they have been for many generations. Are they lonely? Native Americans continue to fight for the river’s health.

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