Continuing my goal of avoiding the crowded areas of the beaches along the California coastline, I decided for my final beach blog to post about another beach I visited near Yellowstone. This was another spot in which I fished. The river adjacent to my friends house in Jackson Wyoming is the Snake River this is one of the largest rivers in the Pacific Northwest being over one thousand miles. Standing along this river the beach present appeared to be in a constant state of flux. As the rocks moved throughout the river the way the water was shaped changed and caused additional rocks to move. This kind of erosion present in this river is similar to what we have talked about in class. The transportation of the smaller sediment to the slower parts of the river is also the same process that is present at ocean beaches.
Being the goal of my visit was to catch fish, the same type of thinking present in my last visit also became relevant at this beach. Spreading out along the bank of the river where there were large rocks indicated that the river was deeper in that part. The deeper river indicated that the fish were more likely to be along the rocks at the bottom. This part of the river was along a constructed portion of riprap. There was the riprap and an asphalt road along It was made much higher than the current level of the river indicating that the engineers placed an importance of partially channelizing the river. The channel on that side of the river would have kept the floodwaters away from the development on that side of the river. While leaving the river there was a crew along the road removing plants along the sides of the road. This maintenance was being done to ensure that the road could stay there so that the river improvements and bank of riprap could be maintained. This to me seemed to be an example of one set of environmental disturbances, the channelization of the steam, leading to further environmental disturbances, the clear-cutting of an access road along the steam. I think that both of these processes are necessary but it is interesting to think deeper about what a compounding impact our lifestyle decisions have on the environment.