How much is it worth to you for your child to not be retarded? Well, the value is obviously any amount you or I could possibly muster. But what if a city board, by their actions, puts your child and thousands more at risk by trying to save money? And let’s take this one step farther; what if that same city board—by their actions—essentially destroys a river? Sounds far-fetched doesn’t it? Yes, for a city board to take actions that are detrimental to the unborn and to willingly destroy a river is hard to believe, but it is exactly what the El Dorado City Water Board is proposing.
The waste-water pipeline to the river will do just that. The lower Ouachita is already under a ‘don’t eat certain fish if you are pregnant’ rule from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission because of Mercury in bass, catfish, and other fish. The waste-water pipeline will add 1200 pound of pure Mercury to the river each year. Mercury that won’t dissolve and will continue to build up in the fish. Project that out over 10 years along with the Mercury from the new coal-fired plant near Hope, and it is a certainty the Mercury levels in fish will rise. Scientific studies have confirmed even small amounts of Mercury ingested by pregnant women will cause degrees of mental retardation in their child. Our Water Board, to save money, is working put the unborn at risk and by their actions increase the chances of mental retardation in hundreds of children.
But that is not all that will happen if the maximum allowed flow of the pipeline occurs. The 500,000 gallons of nutrients per year contained in the water will cause moss and water plants to grow at an alarming rate and cover any open water. In ten years the river will be essentially dead.
Let the City Council know how you feel about the waste water pipeline. It is not to late to stop an unmitigated disaster from occurring.