THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Tales from the old-timer
Issue Date: July 11, 2012
Trout Creek Woes
I came home in July 1945 from the Army for a 60-day furlough that year. It was nice and warm and I went swimming with friends in what was called the high school crick back then. There were many swimmers there. The water was pure and clean.
Reading my July 3 Peshtigo Times, I note a plan to dredge the creek because there is a thick layer of algae spread from the creek into the Peshtigo River. I try to stay out of local politics, along with state and federal bickering, but this is too much. Apparently there is a feeling that the pollution is coming up from the bottom of these streams.
The dredging is based on the supposition that the algae and pollution are coming up from the bottom of Bundy Creek and the Peshtigo River. It isnt coming from the bottom. It is coming from upstream on Bundy and Trout Creeks from animal and human wastes and other contaminants. The DNR people must know this, but stay out of the firestorm of reactions that would erupt if septic tanks and animal wastes are checked out upstream. Dredging would only roil up the contamination already present. Though I am not a resident of the city, I am a resident of the Town of Peshtigo and the Peshtigo River runs north-south through the town, so I can speak my piece.