Cascading Waters can be found at 135 Olean Street on the eastern edge of Worcester's northwest parklands, the Cascades. The Cascades are 350 acres of park and conservation lands along the borders of Worcester, Paxton, and Holden, Massachusetts. Home to countless species of plants and animals, the Cascades are open to passive recreation year-round.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Seriously drenched!

UPDATE 3:30 p.m.
Brook at 1'4" surging to over 1'5"!

Yesterday, before the present rains came in earnest, there were already places where dozens of earth worms were trying to escape the water saturated soil to avoid drowning. That was BEFORE last night and this morning.
Presently the glen out in front of the lodge is standing puddles everywhere.
The Cascades Brook has transcended the one channel, and the two, and the whole of the land between them is like a delta.
The Brook is presently running at 1'2" surging to 1'3" every couple of seconds. We have seen higher, even this spring, but it is still an admirable quantity of water.

The Cascades are white and frothy and the overflow channel is running as well.

By the way.... The USFS Fire Danger Class is NONE (Ha!)
Presently at 2:36 p.m.:The pressure is 28.73" and declining;
The temperature is 43 degrees;There is a strong wind with occasional gusts;
It is raining!

The trails are beyond muddy, and there are large portions with standing water.

There is an upside to all of this as well!The rains have brought with them the greening of the dominant mosses and few grasses;
The rains have coaxed two croci out of the ground (purple and purple and white);The rains have also coaxed the native Bloodwort up, particularly where the flood occurred three odd weeks back.The rains are also swelling the buds on the bushes and trees.
So bear up! Spring is coming, just let the rains do their magic!

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