Clogged Channel in India Holds Parallels for Compton Creek
Residents of the Keerathurai area of the Indian city of Madurai have a serious mosquito problem on their hands – the Kirudhumal channel, clogged by overgrown weeds and garbage, has turned into a prime mosquito breeding ground, resulting in swarms of mosquitoes that terrorize the local population.
Residents there have pressed local health officials to act quickly to clear the channel but have yet to see an official response. Unfortunately, this only prolongs the danger, and annoyance, posed to the local community.
Although Keerathurai is across the world, a very similar situation is unfolding here in Compton with our own Compton Creek.
Portions of the Creek maintained by the United States Army Corps of Engineers are so clogged by silt and overgrown with vegetation that the Creek has become prime real estate for mosquito breeding. Some areas have nearly six feet of silt and sediment built up over the past twenty years, rendering those sections of the Compton Creek to a mere trickle of water.
By restoring the flow of water, we can eliminate a major mosquito breeding ground while also beautifying our community. Most importantly, we help prevent the spread of mosquito-transmitted diseases such as the Zika and West Nile Virus as well as the Dengue, Chikungunya, and Yellow Fevers.
Recognizing the latent danger posed by these mosquitoes, our team at the Compton Creek Mosquito Abatement District has teamed up with Representative Nanette Barragan and County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas to meet with the US Army Corps of Engineers and ask that they immediately restore the flow of water and properly maintain the Compton Creek in the future.
If you are interested in helping with our efforts to restore the Compton Creek then please contact us at (310) 933-5321 or visit us online at: www.comptoncreekmad.org.