Battling the bog in Naples

Conklin Gully is a wild place, where water rushes over rocky slopes of shale ranging from 20 to 50 feet high.

“It moves fast, it’s very steep, it’s more like a mountain stream,” said Krista Greer, a water resources specialist with Bergmann Associates, before a gathering last Wednesday at Naples Town Hall.

The issue: What happens at the mouth of Conklin Gully, where it empties into Parish Creek and plumes into hundreds of acres of unruly wetland.

The problem: Erosion, meandering streams clogged with debris and frequent flooding throughout an expanse that is cut down the middle by Parish Road, which connects Routes 245 and 21 in the town.

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