Pollutants Require a Solution
Columbia, Boone County and University officials met met with the Federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources earlier this week. The coalition asked the EPA for more time and for an easing of regulations relating to Hinkson Creek pollution.
The basic question is how much storm water runoff is going into Hinkson?
A 1998 law suit by the National Sierra Club and the American Canoe Association ruled the federal EPA had to order the state to meet specific runoff standards. Now up against that deadline, key players say they want more time to figure the amount and type of pollutants carried by the stormwater into the creek.
"It does not meet the criteria for supporting aquatic habitat. There's been several fish killed due to essentially an unknown pollutant," said Ken Midkiff of the Columbia chapter of the Sierra Club.
The coalition doesn't want to spend a lot of money on solutions that fail to work.
"We just feel like that's a shotgun approach rather that a targeted approach," said the Boone County District 1 Commissioner Karen Miller.
Right now, all sides are waiting for the EPA's decision before taking the next step.