City Council Rejects Hinkson Creek Proposal

6 years 5 months 2 weeks ago January 03, 2011 Jan 3, 2011 Monday, January 03 2011 Monday, January 03, 2011 10:16:28 PM CST in News
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COLUMBIA - After nearly three hours of debate, the Columbia City Council voted 5 to 2 to reject the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal regarding Hinkson Creek. The city council will recommend to the E.P.A. that it re-evaluate the creek and submit a revised plan to improve the creek's condition.

The council showed a presentation explaining a brief history of the creek and the pollutant levels that have been found in recent years. They also explained T.M.D.L. (Total Maximum Daily Load), which is the highest amount of pollutants that a body of water can endure before reaching unhealthy water quality.

Ken Midkiff, an environmentalist and strong advocate for the E.P.A.'s strict T.M.D.L. requirements, then gave a speech. Public comments closed the debating.

At the end of the meeting, Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid said he would like to work toward improving the creek's condition, and would seek other routes to doing so.

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