White River-Another Spill

Discussion in 'INDIANA RIVERS TALK' started by diver268, Aug 21, 2006.

  1. diver268

    diver268 New Member

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    I dont know if this is true, I read it on another board. Someone posted that there was some knid of spill on White River on the south side of Indy. They didnt know if it was a chemical spill or raw sewage overflow. Either way depending on how bad or mow much, there goes some good fishing for a while. Now I am actually hoping for a hard rain to help dilute it. Like I said, I dont know if its true, I just read it somewhere else and thought I would pass it on..........diver268
     
  2. SkiMax

    SkiMax New Member

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    man, that river always seems to have problems. I'm glad I don't fish it. guess I can't complain about the Ohio River being bad anymore, lol.

    EPA needs to crack down hard on everybody that is causing this problem. I'm sure some hefty fines would stop the polluting
     

  3. zappaf19

    zappaf19 New Member

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    I wonder why the White river is the target all the time. It seems to get spilled in alot!
    Bill
     
  4. pk_powell

    pk_powell New Member

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    If it's true,thats a shame.It kills our fish and I really hate to hear of it.Hope it is quickly cleaned up for all concerned!--------------pk powell:smile2:
     
  5. ScottWiseman

    ScottWiseman New Member

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    From the Indianapolis Star:
    A chemical spill in the White River is not expected to cause serious environmental damage, a health official said this morning.

    Officials on Monday found about 20 gallons of a rainbow-hued liquid floating in the White River just south of Downtown, said John Althardt, spokesman for the Marion County Health Department.
    “Twenty gallons is a very small amount of product to go into the river,” Althardt said. “We don’t see any significant risk to either the environment or certainly to the public.”

    Environmental workers conducted more tests this morning on what officials believe is a petroleum-based product that contaminated the river between Kentucky and Madison avenues.

    Those results should be known by Wednesday, Althardt said.

    The Indianapolis Fire Department found the spill and contacted health officials about 6:30 p.m. Monday. The spill is believed to have originated from the Pogue’s Run outflow.

    County environmental health specialists, the state Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management sent workers to the source of the Pogue’s Run outflow, a city sewer construction site on Michigan Street at Dorman Street, just east of Downtown.

    Brian Smith, on-scene coordinator for IDEM’s emergency response section, took water samples at the sewer site, but no test results were available. He noted that he had seen live fish in Pogue’s Run adjacent to the sewer worksite on Michigan.Read more about this story in tomorrow's Indianapolis Star.
     
  6. rodpod

    rodpod New Member

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    Thanks for the update scott.
     
  7. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    yes thanks for the post scott
     
  8. gcarlin

    gcarlin New Member

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    I used to work in Indianapolis every day at a Pharmacutical plant(aint sayin the name) and the epa was really strict on what they did with their waste product. now if the EPA is tight on one company why not be that way with all companies no matter what the company produces
     
  9. ScottWiseman

    ScottWiseman New Member

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    If you want my honest oopinion of it all...I think ALL rivers get things spilled and/or intentionally dumped all the time. The problem with the White River is the dense population around it, so when something happens to it, people see it. Until lawmakers make the fines heavier for such things, our waters dont stand a chance. On the flip side of the coin....20 years ago, I would not have handled a fish out of the river in fear of disease and pollution...however, now you can see plant life and wildlife that has probably been non-exsistant for many years. While I hated seeing the big spill back in 1999, it has FINALLY alerted people and maybe even a few lawmakers that the White River is an ecology all its own and that it is a viable option for sportsmen, birdwatchers, nature lovers, etc. I will step off my soap box now.
     
  10. treddinwater

    treddinwater Active Member

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    Thanks for the article Scott, I didn't hear anything about that. I also agree that it's most likely because of the population around the river that these things get seen more often. I do kind of believe that the fish kill in 1999 was almost a fresh start for the White River of sorts. I've noticed that now, 7 years after the fish kill, the fishing is much better then it was before the fish kill. My dad has been fishing the river since the late 60's and he said back then they used to catch outragous numbers of channel cats and bullheads, but not much else, now he says over the past years he's seen bigger fish come from the river then he ever did back in those days and more of a diversity.
     
  11. whiteriverbigcats

    whiteriverbigcats New Member

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    I heard about this but it was a tad bit to late.... And fellas theres nothing wrong with the White..... its a great river to fish aslong as people keep the banks clean... just as anywhere else