My husband has been working for the past 3 years to get permits to install rock barbs in the river near the cabin. Rock barbs are strips of large rocks that funnel the current of a body of water away from the bank to prevent erosion. It has been a long and eye-opening process as he has had to deal with 7 different bureaucratic government agencies to get permission from each one to get the project done.
The very interesting part of this whole thing has been that "they" can take 3 years to issue a permit. The permit is good for...wait for it...one week. Uh-huh. Your tax dollars at work, people. By the way, did you know that the rivers in this country come under the purview of the Army Corp of Engineers? There's your trivia fact for the day.
So last week we got the job done. Unfortunately, we were battling rain during the process, but my husband and Preemie Boy persisted and with the help of a guy with some move-big-rocks machinery, got it finished.
They were hip-deep in the river with their waders on setting up a system to control the silt that was stirred up by the process.
In the end, this is how it looked. What? You can't tell that anything's been done? That's the idea. There are pages of requirements and regulations as to how the finished product must look and it has to be inspected when it's done. We passed the inspection. Now hopefully when the high water hits next spring, we will see the results.