To the editor:
We are a Girl Scout troop of first-graders at Pinckney School. As a service project, we have adopted Clinton Park (located behind Pinckney School). During the year, our troop periodically picks up trash and works with the city in reporting safety and maintenance problems at the park.
At our clean-up on May 17, we were distressed to discover that the stream that runs through the park had been used as a dumping site for motor oil. The stream bed was badly fouled with sludge and smelled of petroleum. We removed car oil filters and plastic containers from the stream and did what we could to restore the stream.
Since the city offers public drop-off of motor oil, we do not understand why this destruction is taking place. (Drop-offs are at Centennial Park and the North Lawrence train depot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays or at the city garage from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday or Friday.) We have talked with environmental experts, and they tell us that oil is one of the worst pollutants. One gallon of motor oil will pollute a million gallons of water. Oil additives bond with water and are something that our local water treatment plant can only partially remove.
Just one uncaring individual has spoiled the beauty of this stream, damaged the plants and wildlife that depend on it and jeopardized our own water supply. Please help us by publicizing the damage that dumping does and the drop-off schedule for motor oil.
Mary E. Anderson,
1312 W. Sixth.