DNR Finds Mess in Hinkson Creek
DNR's studying the water to see what's in it. The department says it's not surprised by what's turned up so far, including pharmaceutical drugs, aresenic and lead.
But, DNR officials say, toxin levels were low initially, so there's no worry about health problems. And, they say, the creek water's typical for a city.
One Columbia environmentalist worries the creek's water quality will continue to deteriorate.
"It's something that requires diligence from the city, the waste system, to continually monitor these things and make sure we don't have backups like that," said Scott Dye of the Sierra Club's Hinkson Creek Monitor.
The DNR will publish its preliminary findings this Wednesday. Another study of the area between Providence Road and Perche Creek starts this summer.