I was always amazed by the jetty jacks in the bosque controlling the river banks, keeping the river from meandering and over-banking. Cochiti Dam holds the sediments, which used to flow downstream as nutrients, on its bottom. Since there is a lack of flooding, the debris on the surface does not decompose and is considered as a fire hazard. Cottonwoods are not evolved to cope with fires like other species are (pines, grasses). We are loosing the bosque – which is an important part of the river. The Army Corps of Engineers installed the jetty jacks as a flood control device along the Rio Grande banks. They stand in the bosque like curious industrial remnants of a past filled with war against the river. Their coarse strange beauty contrasts with the soft texture of the land.