Perspective for your consideration … What does it look like when it’s fixed…?
After reading the article referenced below, I am inclined to ask … precisely who in our Arizona state government sees this as a viable form of “serving & protecting” the public’s health…?
What is in the lake’s muck? …By Dick Kamp…Published Tuesday, October 28, 2008 9:57 AM MDT … excerpted…The pumping at Superfund Site and local fishing hole Pena Blanca Lake, 12 miles northwest of Nogales, was 18 days along last Friday. There were 197 million gallons out of 332 million gallons of water that had been sucked out and pumped over the dam spillway at the north end of the lake into Pena Blanca Canyon, hopefully without mercury. A large amount of the lake was now muck instead of water and the stream draining the lake was running down into Agua Fria Canyon and under Interstate 19 by Rio Rico, on the way to the Santa Cruz River.
One could see the sediment that lay below the 57 acre and 51-year-old lake that has been found to contain mercury, arsenic, lead and other heavy metals. How much and how deep is the sediment, and what else might be in it, can’t answered yet. Program Manage suggests sediment is about 12-14 feet in a number of areas, consistent with recent projections, although previous estimates have gone as deep as 60 feet with an average of 21 feet. It is uncertain how thoroughly ground water will be monitored at the unlined site, which will be excavated 14 feet deep and ultimately end up 20 feet high. When the work is complete, it will be reseeded and re-contoured.
However, there are no plans to install monitoring wells, generally costing in the area of $30,000-50,000, to ensure that pollutants do not migrate into nearby groundwater.
Hello, we hope we are not putting mercury into the Santa Cruz River…? We are uncertain how thoroughly ground water will be monitored at the unlined site…? We have NO plans to install monitoring wells to ensure that pollutants do not migrate into nearby groundwater…?
Tell me this is a comedy routine destined for a movie and that ADEQ and ADWR and EPA, ad-nausea did not actually permit and sanction this lunacy…? Who in god’s name signed off on this ridiculous project for and in behalf of the citizens of Arizona…?
Heaven help me I feel I am watching some Halloween horror movie as this is an event with potentially nightmarish consequences.
When “we” choose NOT to be actively involved these are the types of decisions and choices which are made in our stead. By our silence we are complicit.
… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …
And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue before any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.