Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Buck Creek

In the Bham Now blog, they share an event where waste was released in Pelham and traveled into Helena and other communities downstream.

  "July 22, 2015, more than 4,000 gallons of sewage overflowed from the Pelham Wastewater Treatment Plant and into Buck Creek, a 17.3-mile-long tributary of the Cahaba River that is a popular destination for swimming and recreation Other than a Pelham plant manager who went out and asked a few children to get out of the creek at Helena’s Amphitheater Park, a popular swimming site, there was no public notification of the spill to keep residents from swimming, according to David Butler, Cahaba Riverkeeper. Butler, with Dr. Shaun Crawford, was already near the site of the spill performing routine water testing".

The article goes ahead to talk about the river conservation groups requesting more sewage spill notification rules. This is another good reason not to swim in the Buck Creek or Cahaba River. They already get run off from roads. I think it is great that people like to get their towels and lay out on the island. It is one of those fun things in Helena but you shouldn't go drink it.

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