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This week in #MOwater: Sewage spill closes park, citizens work to halt CAFO, and the West Virginia chemical spill, one year later

Posted in: News- Jan 14, 2015 No Comments


Spill Closes Park: Portions of Castlewood State Park were shut down Monday

About 50,000 gallons of wastewater was released in the park after a power failure at the pump station. The sewage was contained and is not believed to have reached Kiefer Creek or the Meramec River, MSD says.

Sewage Prices: Residents upset over increased rates
Benton County

Customers in a former sewer district are up-in-arms after they say their voting rights were violated and now they are being charged for services they do not want or need. Totten says more than a hundred customers owe more than $200,000 to the Benton County Sewer District #1.

New Hog Hearing: Opponents of CAFO seek a meeting that could halt plans
Callaway County

The Friends of Responsible Agriculture filed a request this week, with the help of their lawyers, for a new motion-to-stay hearing with the state Administrative Hearing Commission in hopes of stopping the construction of a 10,000-sow breeding operation in the western part of the county.


Chem Spill Anniversary: One year later
West Virginia

“The 13 white tanks that lined the Elk River just north of downtown Charleston are all gone now. Bankrupt Freedom Industries ripped them apart, tore them down and sold them for scrap.

A year ago today, one of those tanks — Number 396 — leaked 10,000 gallons of chemicals into the Elk. For hours, state and local officials, along with West Virginia American Water, downplayed the incident. The water was still safe to drink, officials told residents. Nothing to worry about, they said.” A new report outlines the chemical leak’s missteps.

Congress Impeding Waters of the U.S.
Washington, D.C.

New Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promised to go after a proposed Clean Water Act jurisdiction rule this year, including it in an ever-expanding list of rulemakings Republicans plan to stop or impede.

XL Hurdles: Courts and Congress remove roadblocks to pipeline construction
Nebraska, nationwide

Nebraska’s Supreme Court on Friday cleared the route for the Keystone XL pipeline, removing a major hurdle for the project as Congress and the president fight over it. And now, the Senate has voted to start a debate.

Whitewater: paddling course being built on Iowa River

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources contributed an approximately $200,000 grant toward the cost of removing an old dam to make way for the project. DNR officials expect the removal will help fish populations. Another $100,000 grant came from the state’s Resource Enhancement and Protection program. The project also received a state River Enhancement Community and Attraction Tourism grant through Vision Iowa.