Unfortunately, we’ve grown accustomed to hearing about pollution in our water sources — whether it’s industrial waste from plants and factories, wastewater and sewage, or pesticides in runoff from farms and agricultural facilities, environmental agencies are constantly monitoring and attempting to curb these poisons to protect wildlife and humans alike. But a recent incident in the Mill Creek that runs through Salt Lake City, Utah, was unprecedented. Due to a blunder on the part of a construction company working on a nearby freeway, a yet to be determined amount of “concrete slurry” poured into the life-filled creek below in what the first witness called a “freeflow”.
By then the sickness and death had likely already begun. Mill Creek’s waters were white and ashen with concrete, and for a two-mile stretch, large trout could be seen floating belly up — hundreds of them dead. People whose dogs drank from the normally safe water on walks and hikes reported that their pets were getting sick. And residents have been advised to stay away from the water, as the unbalanced pH levels could cause terrible skin irritation.
Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction, hired and overseen by the Utah Department of Transportation, must be held accountable. We must demand that DEQ remove them from this freeway project, make them pay for cleanup instead of using taxpayer money, and fine them for this deadly incident — sign the petition today!