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This Week: Eating Asian Carp, sewage spill in St. Louis, Status of the Upper White River Basin

Posted in: News- Jun 17, 2015 No Comments

Missouri

77,000 gallons of sewage: Spills into St. Louis County creek after vandals cause overflow
St. Louis

St. Louis media outlets report Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District crews found an overflow of sewage Friday near Albrecht County Park after an employee reported an odor in the area. According to officials, a manhole lid had been removed and two large tree logs had been dumped in, blocking the sewer.

Status of the Watershed: 2015 report on the Upper White River Basin released
Springfield

Each year Ozarks Water Watch publishes its “Status of the Watershed” report designed to answer the question “How’s the water?” in area lakes and streams of the Upper White River Basin watershed.

Hog Decision Stalled: Judge’s order may reopen hearing
Fulton

The recent court order, filed on June 5, may reopen the hearing process. According to court documents, four of the seven Clean Water Commissioners took two tours of swine concentrated animal feeding operations on March 31 and April 1 without knowledge of FRA attorney Steven Jeffrey or his clients. This, he said, denies his clients of due process. The FRA became aware of the tours after a member overheard commissioners discuss the tours. Attorneys for Callaway Farrowing and the DNR legal counsel also went on the tours, court documents show.

Rivers Rise: Heavy rainfall crests on the Missouri River and its tributaries
Columbia

Heavy rainfall — as much as 5 inches by Wednesday night — is expected to push the Missouri River farther beyond its banks, increasing the risk of significant flooding in Central Missouri, the National Weather Service reported Monday morning.

Canoe Businesses Down: Rainy weather takes its toll
Alton

“We’re in a weather dependent business…and our weekend business has been down. Industry wide, I would be surprised if business was not down, but we hope to bounce back in July and August,” said Brian Sloss, owner of Eleven Point River Canoe Rental in Alton, Mo.

Creek Restoration: Work starts soon to restore South Creek to more natural state
Springfield

Construction begins next week on the South Creek Restoration Project between Campbell Avenue and Kansas Expressway.  It will remove the concrete channel and restore the creek to a more natural condition. “The purpose of the project is to improve water quality and habitat for aquatic life,” said Water Quality coordinator Carrie Lamb.

Asian Carp: MU Researchers encouraging dining on invasive fish
Missouri

Eat MO Carp is the name of the effort to introduce Asian carp to restaurants and grocery stores, and at the same time reducing the number of them in Missouri rivers and streams.

14-Year Quarry Fight: Gravel battle continues
Eureka

The resiliency of the Winter Brothers Material Co. in its effort to mine sand and gravel on a bend of the Meramec River is not unlike that of a battered prizefighter. No matter how many times opponents appear to defeat the project, the company refuses to go down for the count.

Nationwide

Undoing Clean Water Act: Senate committee approves bill
Washington, D.C.

“Fortunately, this bipartisan legislation will stop the final rule and make EPA and the Corps of Engineers go back and redo it.” — Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, before the committee approved the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, a bill that will undo the Clean Water Act rule that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized two weeks ago.

Hudson River: Cleanup comes to an end
New York

For half a decade, General Electric has been paying for a massive dredging operation on the upper Hudson River in New York. The billion-dollar cleanup, designed to remove toxic PCBs, sparked fierce controversy when it was proposed. But as the project enters its final summer, it’s been so successful that even some of the cleanup’s most vocal critics want it expanded.

Nutrients: Long Island Sees a Crisis as It Floats to the Surface
New York

There is little debate about what caused the die-offs. Scientists trace the fish carnage to algal blooms fed by elevated levels of nitrogen, which can be attributed in large part to the region’s outdated septic tanks and cesspools. Evidence suggests that a similar sequence killed the turtles in what scientists said was a highly unusual die-off.

No Wetland Buffers: Court rules against protection
Georgia

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Monday 6-1 that state law does not require a buffer against development around freshwater marshes, swamps and other bodies of water where the flow is not sufficient to wash away plants — so called “wrested vegetation.”

Coal Ash Pollution: State orders energy company to stop spread
North Carolina

North Carolina environmental regulators are ordering Duke Energy to stop the spread of groundwater pollution from coal ash dumps outside Wilmington after tests showed contamination in nearby drinking wells.