Monday, October 19, 2009

Wick and the Wicked Water Stealers...

To Quote a social activist:
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change
the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead
Once upon a time there was an enchanted place called Arkansaw. Arkansaw was a place for agricultural industry, timber, livestock. Every weekend the inhabitants could go just a few miles and find the most beautiful creeks, streams, rivers and lakes. If a person had a hankering, they could dig fossils and arrowheads all day. Arkansaw was a sportsman's paradise. Why, a man could stand on any creek bank, throw a string with a drilled penny, and a hook and catch a fish; without bait.
About 20 years ago, the woods were so dense, that an airplane could go down in the Ozarks and never be found. Oxygen was good. Arkansaw formed the APCE Commission in 1949. It was for the benefit of industry more for the protection of the Environment. At the time of inception 4 citizens were on the board, today; only "experts" in environmental matters can sit on the board. Citizens are not really welcome although they cannot bar them.
Less than a decade ago, a warrior was able to retire. He found a beautiful spot in Arkansaw. It had the most beautiful pristine perennial primitive creek running through it. Sir Wick had been injured many times in his years of battle, and had chosen this home to finish his days in peace. At the same time the Wicked Water Stealer's were busy scheming to create a fancy moat dock and recreation area. One day, he took a bulldozer and damed up the creek.
At first Sir Wick didn't understand what was happening, but soon he learned the Wicked Water Stealer had a plan to have a famous castle with tourists and boats and all kinds of "progress". WWS didn't have the required knowledge, specs or permit to dam up this water of the United States, but he knew his way around the Snake Bellied money mongers, and he did it anyway. He got help and has never gotten in trouble for stealing this water of the United States.
Sir Wick doesn't have long, and it is appearant that those who regulate are most concerned with money than doing the right thing. Oddly enough, those regulators who are always protecting pollutors and Wicked Water ruiners never have any money. All of their programs that oversee the Wicked Water, Air and Land ruinors are broke and have no ability to oversee what they are to be must be an Evil Spell sent to make "wrong" mean "right" and "right" agrees with big energy and big money.
This is not the end of this tale; only the first installment.



    This link is to Sir Wick's new website started to bring this horror to the public. Hopefully this will not be swept under the 'dam' and forgotten...

  2. Arkansans, are you aware that Arkansas has lost 75% of its wetlands? Are you aware that wetland habitats filter out pollutants, keep our aquifers clean. They keep areas from flooding and provide a diverse habitat for plant and animal species. The loss of wetlands and streams and rivers impact our hunting and fishing industry by reducing the water sources for deer, fish, and migratory birds. The loss of these waters leads to a lack of genetic diversity that leads to disease in our animal species (like the wasting disease that is impacting the deer in Missouri.

    I know a Vietnam Vet that grew up near Kelly Creek; he said he use to fish in it all the time; not anymore. Not with the Lake that was built on top of Kelly Creek without all the septic fields being cleaned out and capped; and a dam that has failed several times (someone is going to get killed). The man the built the dam had/has to permits. He was issued cease and diseast orders by the State and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Two years later the dam is still standing; and we are still waiting. But guess what, ADEQ the agency required to regulate impacts to our streams WAIVED its right to make a decision, after its own personnel wrote reports that this dam is not stable and has impacted downstream Kelly Creek (it is filled with debris and pollutants from the dam's failures). Two years the State spent tax payers money on evaluating this impact and THEN they waive it back to the FEDS! I would ask the Govenor why he put an attorney in charge of an agency that clearly needs someone that understands environmental issues.


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