Roses and Iris'

Written by charlie   
Sunday, 21 June 2015 02:11
Its spring and both gardens and wetlands are in full bloom. Out around Hempstead Lake Park on Long Island, the scent of roses accompanied me for a portion of the three mile lake loop. Hempstead Lake, the largest lake in Nassau County is largely natural, but by no means pristine; traversed by the Southern State Parkway, and surrounded by suburbia in all directions. Curious as to what created this terrific scent, I detoured onto the shoreline trails choked with poison ivy. Upon arrival, I scowled at the source of the scent, thickets of multiflora rose in bloom with its signature, one inch white flowers.

Multiflora rose, despite its wonderful scent, is an invasive species, found in both wetlands and uplands, excludes native plants from growing by crowding them out of their natural habitat. The thickets these roses bushes create can become so large and dense they have been planted roadside as a natural crash barrier.

Its cousin, the swamp rose (Rosa palustris) is found in moist soils, but can also thrive in drier soils, is also very fragrant, found with larger, pink flowers. It is an anolomy among roses, which almost as a rule, do not tolerate "wet feet".

Moving further down the trail, I was not able to find any blue flag, (Iris Versicolor), the defacto natural wetland iris found in the Northeast, but I did discover a stand of yellow iris' (Iris pseudacorus) on the north eastern shore of the lake. The yellow iris is the only yellow iris in the US and will grow in upto 1 foot of water. It is also considered invasive for the same reasons as the multiflora rose, it excludes all other plants from the area by growing large stands of plants.

Yellow Iris Wetland

Blue Flag Iris - Wetland

Multiflora Rose

Swamp Rose

Further Reading:

Invasive Yellow Iris

Swamp Rose


Clean Water Rule Articles

Written by charlie   
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 02:51
The National Law review has written some clarifying articles about the new Clean Water Rule newly issued by the EPA, with its background and potential impact. Worth a read.

What’s a Wetland?: The Final Waters of the US Rule

The Practical Application of the Significant Nexus Test: The Final Waters of the US Rule

Traditionally Navigable Waters and the Possibility of Future Use: The Final Waters of the US Rule

EPA, Army Corps Redefine Clean Water Act Jurisdiction

Wetlands and drainage after Rapanos

Written by charlie   
Thursday, 04 June 2015 17:57
I don't know how I never managed to stumble across this gem before, but I found it while searching for more information on the Clean Water Rule. Published by the William Mitchell Law Review, it is sharp and humorous review of wetland law post-Rapanos - enlightening for a generally "dry" subject :-)

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