Last year, I shared my “origin story.” Where my passion for the Coosa and fight for the natural world intersected in a ditch arguing with my dad about wanting to splash in it. He said it’d make it sick. Well, Dad… you were right.
The last meeting of this kind was in 2005 and after reviewing the documents and recommendations from 15 years ago, it is evident that more aggressive action needs to be taken to protect our river and the families who use it.
Our Presentation Covered:
-How Choccolocco Creek & Logan Martin Lake are used
– How our current fish consumption advisory program fails to educate the public (e.g. no permanent signs, language, literacy barriers)
-The lake and creek’s economic impact on the region
– We highlighted other PCB remediation successes from around the country
-Presented concerns/questions for the CSTAG committee as they deliberate and make recommendations for the Anniston PCB site
-We presented comprehensive recommendations for ways for fish consumption advisory information to be better presented and shared with the public as well as FULL soil remediation in OU4 (Choccolocco Creek & Logan Martin embayment)
To improve water quality, fish consumption advisories, and public health the contaminated soil must be fully removed and remediated!
PCBs are a FOREVER chemical.
2 WAYS TO HELP
Ask yourself this: why should local landowners, municipalities, and families suffer in the near, short, and long-term to cater to the cost-effectiveness of full sediment remediation of a known carcinogen?
As the process moves along, we will keep you updated on when we will need your help, specifically during the public comment period– until then, we will do our absolute best to speak for the river and the folks like you who love it… you can count on us to keep you in the loop! CSTAG said we should receive their recommendations based on this meeting in six weeks.