In response to the June 5 article about the oyster harvest being cut back (see “Cuts in store for summer oyster harvest,” pg. A1), if low river flow is in fact the "new normal," it would make sense to help the problem by reducing the amount of saltwater that comes into the bay. This could be accomplished overnight by filling in Sikes Cut.
Few important boats use this cut anymore, and the few that do have other routes to the Gulf. Whatever the reasons for dredging this cut back in the 1950's, none are as important as restoring the balance of salt and fresh water upon which the oyster beds were created and have reproduced for thousands of years.
With less freshwater coming down the river, it's time to have less saltwater coming in from the Gulf. It's time to close Sikes Cut.
Yellow Springs, Ohio