After the spill occurred, it travelled down to Gallup Park. Both booms were compromised during the storm that came later that night. The booms caught some material, but both were compromised during the storm. Now, many have told me, "1/4 quart of oil can damage so much water", and when I've asked, "what about phosphoric acid"? Now, what does phosphoric acid do? I don't know, but I do know that according to the HRWC webpage
"Nonpoint source pollution is pollution that cannot be traced to any specific source, such as a manufacturing plant."
In this case, if you read through the Q&A
and look at the incident reports
, the spill was traced to an outfall, and that outfall led to a particular, but the exact point of entry was not found. So if you were a manufacturing plant, and you had a spill, but no one could find the exact spot where it entered, what does that mean? Would you at least get a ticket for littering?
According to the HRWC page,
"But, a small amount of phosphorus goes a very long way. As little as one pound can stimulate the growth of 500 pounds of algae. The green “muck” of algae is harmful to aquatic species, and more than annoying to recreational users of the river. As algae and other plant material decompose, oxygen levels in the water are depleted, jeopardizing the entire river system and leaving fish and other aquatic inhabitants “gasping for breath.”.
Gallup Park has a bunch of algae. Now I'm not saying that this particular incident created all of it, but it certainly never helped.