How to get them, now that is another matter.How to get there on the Clean Tar Creek means there really needs to be more people adding that to their lists and saying it out loud to anyone who asks. And if they ask, "What do you mean by that?" A good answer would be, start with the creek herself, then add the whole superfund site with her name. The better answer would then, follow the "contaminant of concern"
EPA has designated for this site (which is lead) and follow it to where it comes to reside, and that would expand our Tar Creek to the Grand Lake O' the Cherokees and her watershed. Want every yard in Ottawa County tested for lead and have the loaded ones replaced with clean soil that won't poison another generation. Want it all. Just like the whole Harry Potter series not just the first with the name sake.Think about how cool that would be to have a useable stream running through the neighborhoods and through towns and the NEO campus.
We have got to start thinking it and planning how to enjoy the future she would bring to each bare foot stepping into it come summer.
The man in charge of the Superfund Program is a fellow Oklahoman and he could be coming to see our Tar Creek any time. What if you get to meet him? And he were to ask what ought to be done here at Tar Creek to fix it, make it better. What if you got one chance to tell him. But what if you didn't know what to say, or didn't think there could be anything that could be done to fix it, that it would have to remain a dead stream, one without a name as it flowed through our communities. Just dead water ignored because we all thought it was too hard, impossible to clean up. NOT WORTH THE TROUBLE.But it is fixable. It is do-able. But I promise you it will not be done without a community that begins to speak up and WANT IT.
When the man in charge of the EPA Superfund Program comes to town and starts asking around about Tar Creek, there better be someone who speaks up and claims her because he is coming and we have a shot at it and her future could be in your hands.
Want it cleaned up so it will quit spreading the heavy metals: lead, arsenic, cadmium and manganese downstream but also depositing it along her watershed every day and more so every single time there are heavy rains that spread her waters and flood dry lands near her banks, depositing those metals to be pulled up by the wild onions, the blackberries and every other plant that sinks their roots into it.
Follow that water until it meets the Neosho and leaves a delta full of metals in the river bottom and then flows the excess on down that river until it meets the other metal loaded Spring River to form the Grand River that is dammed 3 times before it meets the Arkansas River.That Grand Lake we love and know from the good times until now when her waters often bloom with algae, filled with the sink-full of metals and the toilet bowl of permitted allowances mix with our Tar Creek's metals to be the water that comes out of the faucets in households near and far from it for counties around.
Each one of the tap turners should be saying to the man in charge of EPA's Superfund Program, Fix Tar Creek. Boy howdy, now we would have a movement and that is how the things on the wish list get got. Rattle the bucket, ring the bell for the cause. What would it hurt to practice your elevator speech for the head of the EPA's Superfund Program.
Want Tar Creek clean, from her meager source in Kansas all the way to the bottom of the lake clean. There.If you never ask for it, it will never happen. How did Love Canal get cleaned up? Everyone in mass said clean it up.
We can do this. You have to believe, you already know I do.My wish list and probably yours will keep clean breathable air on it and together we will figure that one out, too.
Respectfully Submitted ~ Rebecca Jim