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Blue Rivers Friends Report on Clean-ups
August 8, 2007 - The Friends of the Big Blue River (FBBR) met Tuesday, July 31, at the New Castle-Henry County Public Library. Present were Jeff Ray, Lee Ann Wallen, Shelia Marion, Kathy Rogers and Jon Creek.
Ray reported on a successful river clean up on July 15. One group went from County Road 350 West to 600 South and another from 600 South to 750 South. Unusual findings were a car seat and a complete plow. Another clean up is planned for Thursday, August 16, from County Road 400 South to 350 West beginning at 9 a.m.
The group will also participate in the Henry County Day of Caring on September 11. We will clean the river from State Road 38 to 100 South on that day Rogers and Wallen will be doing the quarterly water monitoring at both sites on August 1.
Ray is working on contact letters to property owners along the river, which would inform them of assistance available in tree plantings for riparian corridor preservation. Ray is also working on a canoe map of the Big Blue River for Henry County that would show access points, distances, etc.
Four members toured the treatment plan in the afternoon. Bobby York explained each process from when the wastewater first comes into the plant to the effluent water, which goes into the river. Nearly everything is automated and the final sanitary treatment is with UV lights to kill any remaining bacteria before discharge to the river.
The local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has made a booklet showing the natural areas in Henry County such as fens, springs, prairies and such which will be printed and available before the end of the year.
There is no report on the status of the SWCD 319 grant application to reduce non-point source pollution. Ray is also working with the Department of Natural Resources on finalizing the write up for the Big Blue River Heritage Corridor.
The next meeting will be 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29
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