View Full Version : Berryville Sewage Spill

Ernst Schrader
06-19-2002, 07:50 AM
The Rogers Morning News for today, Wednesday, page 8A, reports a 48,000-gallon spill from the Berryville sewage plant into Osage Creek, a tributary of the Kings River that flows on into Table Rock Lake. (Not Beaver Lake, Eureka is lucky.)

The "health department" (not further identified) has issued a bulletin that "recommends" a ban on all swimming, wading, canoeing and fishing in both the Osage Creek and Kings River.

"We are concerned about livestock that use the river," said one official.

The waste had not been chlorinated, and none of the bacteria had been killed. All the sludge will eventually end up in Table Rock Lake.

I urge everyone to read the complete article. Probably it is or will be available on the paper's website, nwaonline.net.

Ernst Schrader

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06-19-2002, 09:57 AM
Thanks for the heads up, Ernst. We got a call this morning, but did not know where to find information. http://www.nwaonline.net/280955783623999.bsp
We were out in the kayaks yesterday, the water in front of our place was like glass, full, still. We were all complaining that the "boats smelled like old cheese". Could not figure that one out. I guess it wasn't the boats. Very sad. We are so near Table Rock Lake, that I'm afraid a lot of it will wind up right here.

06-19-2002, 07:53 PM
With the sludge spill into the river, I would have thought that the canoe rental places on the Kings River would not be renting canoes, or at least TELL their customers about the spill and let them decide. I talked to tourists today who tipped their canoes and had a swim in that river, and were plenty PISSED OFF when they heard that people were being asked not to get into the river. The law enforcement agencies need to help the health dept. out a little and notify these canoe places, or HAVE they been notified already and ignored it?
And WHY haven't we been updated via 40/29 news last night? Not heard a word about it. The news treat us like a step child; in time of severe thunderstorms within days of each other, swept people off the low roads,not even ONE severe T-storm warning or flood watch was on the screens until it was TOO LATE.
Who is supposed to be spotting for these news channels? Do we not HAVE any spotters in our area? What does it take to GET spotters?
Any professional TV people/law enforcement care to answer these questions?
Waiting on your own personalized spotted thongs, perhaps?

06-19-2002, 09:02 PM
The AR demozette reported today that Christian and Karen Fitzpatrick, who rent canoes at the 62 bridge learned of the spill from the reporter that came to investigate, at 3:30pm yesterday. He had unknowingly put people on the river. The health dept. rep said that Game and Fish was responsible for getting the word out... G&F said that the Health Dept. was responsible.. therefore, no one was informed.
This whole thing is very distressing. No one took responsibility for keeping people out of the water! I am PISSED OFF, my own self!
I don't know if you can view the article.. I am enrolled.. or whatever you call it on the ARDem site.. http://epaper.ardemgaz.com/Default/Client.asp?skin=ArkDaily&Daily=ArDemocrat
There was no charge to sign up.

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06-19-2002, 09:57 PM
At 5PM this evening, there were at least 10 people swimming at the convergence of the Osage and the Kings. I don't think anyone haz put the 'word' out, adequately.

06-19-2002, 10:12 PM
Please go to the AHD site and let them know how you feel about there being no warning about the possibility of contracting diseases in our swimming holes on the Osage and Kings rivers. http://www.healthyarkansas.com/index.html

Bay Girl
06-20-2002, 04:28 AM
It was one of the top news stories with a live remote at 5:00pm on KY3. The reporter interviewed some of those folks swimming and they seemed unconcerned.

Bay Girl

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06-20-2002, 04:44 AM
Tests show increased levels of contamination in river

BERRYVILLE — Preliminary tests of water from the Kings River showed increased but not dangerous levels of contamination from Tuesday’s leak at the Berryville sewer plant, the plant supervisor said Wednesday.
But the Arkansas Department of Health didn’t rescind its warnings against fishing, swimming or boating downstream from the spill, deciding instead to wait on results of other tests.
A ruptured line Tuesday released 48,000 gallons of partially treated sewage into Freeman Creek, which runs into Osage Creek and then into the Kings River.
The Kings River runs north into Table Rock Lake in Missouri.
City employees tested five sites on Osage Creek and Kings River for the presence of fecal coliforms, a group of organisms whose presence indicates whether water is contaminated with sewage, Guillory said. The tests were analyzed at the sewer plant and the results became available Wednesday.
The health department bars swimming in water containing more than 100 coliforms per 100 milligrams of water.
On the Osage Creek, the tests showed 166 coliform colonies per 100 milligrams of water at a spot downstream from the spill, compared to 60 colonies per 100 milligrams of water upstream from the spill. A test from Osage Creek just before it meets the Kings River showed 42 colonies per 100 milligrams of water.
On the Kings River, tests showed 25 colonies per 100 milligrams of water at a spot downstream from the Osage Creek, compared to a measurement of 10 colonies per 100 milligrams of water at a spot upstream from the Osage Creek.
The health department also tested the water for the presence of E. coli, a bacteria associated with sewage contamination, said Allison Busch, an environmental health specialist with the department. The department’s warning against swimming, fishing or boating downstream from the spill will remain in effect until at least today, when results of the E. coli tests should be available, she said.

06-20-2002, 08:11 AM
"City employees tested five sites on Osage Creek and Kings River".
The same city employees that are responsible for the spill???

06-20-2002, 08:46 AM
I believe I'll wait for the health dept. results!

06-20-2002, 10:13 AM
Hey Mom (PMilam) remember our discussion the other day about an in-ground pool?

06-20-2002, 05:26 PM
I quit swimming in beaver lake a couple years ago,because i was getting earaches form it.Generally feeling ill after swimming there.

06-21-2002, 04:59 AM
Ban Lifted On Kings River
Fri, Jun 21, 2002

The Morning News/NWAonline.net

ROGERS -- The Arkansas Department of Health said Thursday that Osage Creek and Kings River in Carroll County are safe for boating, swimming, wading and fishing.

The two streams were placed under a temporary ban Tuesday after a loose hose clamp at the Berryville wastewater-treatment plant resulted in 48,000 gallons of partially treated sludge being dumped into Osage Creek. The creek flows into Kings River.

The accident happened late Monday night when the plant is not manned, Berryville Mayor Tim McKinney reported. As a result, the leak wasn't discovered until Tuesday morning. McKinney said the leak was repaired in five minutes and no more sludge entered the creek.

Allison Busch, environmental specialist for the health department, reported Thursday afternoon that tests for e.coli bacteria in the streams were "all below safe levels."

"We are thrilled about the results," said Busch. "This means that people can go back to enjoying the rivers."

The Kings River has a national reputation for being one of the best fishing spots in the country for smallmouth bass.

Officials were worried that the sludge spill might result in a fish kill. Busch said there have been no observable kills and the wildlife around the streams has not been affected by the spill.

Busch said that high water and rain helped to clean out the waterways.

"All that water just meant that the sludge would clean out that much faster," Busch said.

She also said having a fast flow helps break down the sludge.

The lifting of the ban also means that farmers who live in the area can water livestock from the streams.

06-21-2002, 06:48 AM
We are so near the lake, the water is slow here, and I'm concerned about it stopping
here! I wonder where the samples were taken from? I will call and see if I can find out.
"acceptable levels".. that is a term that is not acceptable to me. Why is it that yesterday, they gave us a number, today, "acceptable levels"? It's not acceptable to have any s--- in my granddaughters swimming water!

karen pryor
06-21-2002, 07:58 AM
I saw on the news this morning where the spill had been cleaned up. Did anyone else see or hear that?