Local creek polluting Quad City drinking water

Herchel Anderson Jr.’s backyard offers some of nature’s best kept secrets. He owns 12 acres of land in Pleasant Valley, Iowa that’s home to deer, turkeys, and now, a man-made problem.

“Look at that muck. Muck in my creek. In your river. In the water you drink from,” Anderson exclaimed, grabbing handfuls of silt from the creek that runs through his land.

Silt is a clay like sediment that is dug up from beneath the soil. When mixed with water, it sinks to the bottom. What used to be a creek bed covered in rocks is now smothered in silt.

Anderson’s issue, the creek that runs through his property is connected to the Mississippi River.

“That’s going into the people’s drinking water,” Anderson said, pointing towards the silt that runs down the hill.

Anderson said the problem began more than a year ago when a construction company started building a house up the hill from Anderson’s home. After it rained, he noticed silt was filling his creek. Then, he found the culprit of the problem.

“There was nothing set in place to block the silt from running downhill,” Anderson said.

Anderson then notified the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. At that point, the construction company building the house put up a silt fence, but Anderson says it didn’t help.

“It’s been put in poorly,” Anderson said.

The aftermath of rainstorms has buckled the fence, and in result, served no purpose.

Anderson is now asking for the public to put pressure on Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources.

“The construction company is cutting cost by not taking the proper precautions, while the people in town are paying more to clean out their water.”

3 comments

  • Christopher

    Mr. Anderson has every right to be angry. Sedimentation of a stream is a blatant violation of the Clean Water Act and the State of Iowa’s DNR NPDES Permit No 2. This disregard for controlling construction site runoff is taken much more seriously in other areas and other states, but IA DNR can’t seem to get it right. If IA DNR really was concerned, they have the ability to fine the low-rent builder $37,500 a day for impacts to the states water bodies.

    Shame on the IA DNR for not stepping up to do their job and regulate construction site runoff into waterways, its their job. IA DNR has a history of not enforcing the State’s NPDES program at construction sites and not being knowledgeable in current soil erosion and sediment control practices, hence the basic installation of the silt fence. There is a LONG list of erosion and sediment control measures that out-perform silt fence to protect streams, rivers, and wetlands. Mr. Anderson needs to contact USEPA’s Regional Office at (913)-551-7003 to report the violation. Mr. Anderson can also contact the US Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Branch at (309) 794-5057 to report an illegal fill of a Waters of the United States.

  • Bob

    Foolish people- the IA DNR does nto represent you nor do they care about the enviornment. They have been bought and paid for the saem as your elected officials who control them. Why would they give up lining their pockets with money just because people are violating the law?

    • Tammy Anderson

      it looks like now they’ll just do it on the weekend when no one is around to enforce the law.Even today there there is a hoe sitting on top of the hill moving fresh dirt and nothing has changed!

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