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ADEQ proposes correction plans for East Arkansas waterways

LITTLE ROCK — The state environmental agency is seeking input on plans to address water quality concerns in three eastern Arkansas waterways.

The state Department of Environmental Quality said it has found higher than acceptable levels of copper, lead, zinc, chlorides, along with excessive turbidity in segments of Bayou Bartholomew in Ashley, Chicot, Desha, Drew, Jefferson and Lincoln counties.

The public is invited to review the department’s Total Maximum Daily Load plan to address the impairments. The plan, along with supporting documentation, may be viewed during regular business hours at the ADEQ office in North Little Rock.

Copies of the plan also are available at public libraries in Crossett, Monticello, the main branch in Little Rock, the campus library at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and the State Library near the state Capitol.

The public also is invited to review plans to address higher than normal concentrations of lead in the Cache River and Bayou DeView in Clay, Craighead, Green, Jackson, Lawrence, Monroe, Poinsett, Prairie and Woodruff counties. The proposal also deals with dissolved solids in the upper portion of the Cache River in Greene County.

Copies of that plan may viewed at ADEQ headquarters and at public libraries at Blytheville, Forrest City, Helena, Jonesboro, Pocahontas, Stuttgart, West Memphis, the main library in Little Rock and the State Library.

The deadline for public comments on the Bayou Bartholomew plan is Sept. 28, while the deadline on the Cache/Bayou DeView plan is Oct. 22.

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Comments can be sent to Selena Medrano, ADEQ Water Division, 5301 Northshore Drive, AR 72118; e-mail: medrano@adeq.state.ar.us.

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