City View Chattanooga: the Brainerd Leveeby David Barlew, Jr. on 03/27/14
Last month, I finished my first half-marathon, the Scenic City Half Marathon and Charity Challenge.
To prepare for the 13.1 mile run, I completed seventy training runs between early December and race day on February 22. In the process, I ran nearly 150 miles and burned approximately 22,500 calories. And, many of those calories were burned running on the Brainerd Levee.
While I was out on one of my training runs, I snapped this photo of the levee as it was discharging water into South Chickamauga Creek, a local tributary of the
That realization got me thinking about how many of us fail to consider our public infrastructure, such as bridges, sewers, roads, levees, pump stations, and the like. Without these critical elements, upon which we all depend, our modern society could not function. We should all be more appreciative of, not only the infrastructure itself, but the men and women who design, build, and maintain these important components of the built environment. We owe these dedicated professionals and their completed public projects many thanks for allowing our lives to be cleaner, safer, and more efficient.
Photo by David Barlew, Jr.