The River Of Filth

There are 21 comments on the Wheeling News story from Dec 28, 2008, titled The River Of Filth. In it, Wheeling News reports that:

West Virginia is working with five other states and the federal government to clean up about 475 miles of the Ohio River that is sometimes unfit for swimming because of sewage.

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Bob_D

East Liverpool, OH

#1 Jan 9, 2009
Folks, the Ohio River is cleaner than has been for at least 100 years. Ask any oldtimer who swam or fished the river 50 years ago about those floating objects that they tried to avoid. Ask any agency that deals with water quality (EPA, WVDNR, ORSANCO)if the River was more swimable 10, 20, 50 or 100 years ago and see what they tell you.
The sky is not falling. Change takes time and the quality of the Ohio River has been improving for 50 years.
Could it be cleaner? Certainly!
A body of water with a population density similar to that of the Ohio River Valley that is swimable 100% of the time may not exist.
Just a parking ticket

United States

#2 Jan 12, 2009
When the “Coal Miner’s Daughter” Beverly Perdue took the North Carolina oath again and pledged to uphold the laws of North Carolina in front of President Pro Tem Marc Basnight and all of North Carolina was on a cool January Day. But Beverly Perdue’s knees were not shaking from the chill of a 7 knot breeze; it was because things were falling apart fast at the PCS Mine Site.
As it turns out, as Beverly Perdue was bragging about her roots as coal miner’s daughter and the millions of dollars her Father made from mining in her acceptance speech. She too has also benefited from mining, but not coal mining Phosphate Mining particularly the PCS Mine in Aurora , N.C. that she can almost see out her New Bern back door.
Both Sen. Beverly Perdue and Sen. Marc Basnight have been supporters of the PCS Mine for a long time. While Sen. Basnight had no ties to Mining, his family roots go back to his ex father in law was in the waste disposal business.
Major NC State and Federal investigations now concentrate on the illegal 5 million dollar a year payments from PCS/Texas Gulf Mine to the North Carolina Clean Water Trust Fund.
Sen. Basnight District has been used a hush money to spread around the Environmental Community to look busy and create window dressing that somebody is watching, and create cover for PCS to continue to operate without objections.
From inception the Clean Water Trust Fund has been accused as being a Slush Fund. Even to the point that a button was placed on Sen. Beverly Perdue’s desk in a political ad representing the Clean Water Trust Fund along with the North Carolina Rural Center also controlled by the pair.
Many of the projects like Bay River Sewage/River Dunes in Beverly Perdue’s District and the Sewer projects at Stumpy Point, Engelhard, and Pantego in Sen. Basnight District have been and are under investigation by the North Carolina State Auditors Office and other North Carolina State and Federal Agencies.
While Gov. Beverly Perdue, and Sen. Basnight have had the benefit of the “Clean Water Slush Fund “ as appropriately named by Rep. R L Clark and Rep. Fern Shubert from the beginning.
Sen. Basnight’s ties to the Solid Waste Industry and Sludge Dumping Industries, and Gov. Beverly Perdue’s loyalty to the mining industry has now created an out of control by design illegal waste depository site that stealing 78 million gallons per day from the United States Land Trust and is killing people by the thousands in North Carolina and Virginia.
Just as Gov. Beverly Perdue has promoted PCS to see how much damage the foreign company can do by increasing the size of the mine and the length term that PCS can illegally operate in North Carolina .
Sen. Basnight’s contacts in the Solid Waste and Sludge Disposal Business, and Public reports indicate Gov. Perdue and Sen. Basnight’s have conspired to make PCS a hand off project. This has enabled PCS to dump 5 times the amount of Toxic contaminates.
The scope of the dumping is gigantic, with whole train car loads of toxic waste from who knows where, being dumped back in the largest excavation site on the East Coast and buried. The train car loads disappear like a child’s matchbox toy on the beach.
The pumping at PCS Aurora Site needs to stop immediately, and all asset of PCS need to be seized to protect the Taxpayers of United States of America and the Taxpayers of North Carolina until evidence can be presented in the Glenn Hockney/ Hyde County 500 million dollars law suit against PCS is heard before Judge Britt in Federal Court in Greenville, N.C.
Please report details.
Charles W. Stuber Jr. Special Agent Federal Bureau of Investigation Capital Center Dr. Suite 460 Raleigh, N.C. 27626
M.Dale Swiggett The Redneck Environmentalist Publisher and Editor Waterfront Sportsman Magazine

Waterfrontsportsman.com

“Dont mess with the USA ”

Since: Dec 08

Powhatan Point Ohio

#3 Jan 12, 2009
It may be cleaner but i wonder if they ever smelled the stench that comes off the water in the summer when its 90 degrees. So just how clean can it be?
bub200bub

AOL

#4 Feb 1, 2009
I noticed about 2 years ago the really died. It is slowly picking back up. It was around the time of a couple chemical spills around pittsburgh.
bub200bub

AOL

#5 Feb 1, 2009
i was talking about fishing
Tony

Abington, PA

#6 Feb 2, 2009
If you think the Ohio River is dirty, you should come to the Jersey shore. With all the hypdermic needles and syringes, sewage and other filth on the New Jersey beaches just know you got it 1000% better.

Since: Feb 09

Paradise

#7 Feb 13, 2009
When I was a child, growing up with the Ohio River at my back door, I swam and fished there. I guess I was lucky to not suffer ill effects from the pollution. I loved it all. I was there several years ago and thought the river looked great, cleaner than I ever saw it. I was talking with a lady at the historical society in Wheeling and we were laughing about as children, swimming in the river, we are lucky we have all our fingers and toes. I have wonderful memories of that river and the fishing.

Since: Feb 09

Weirton, WV

#8 Feb 19, 2009
I always had a phobia of that river. One of my brothers would jump off the Wabash Bridge near Brooke High and swim there. I swam in the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico and Rhine River in Europe but I'll NEVER get in the mighty Ohio!

Since: Feb 09

Paradise

#9 Feb 22, 2009
Mark Thompson wrote:
I always had a phobia of that river. One of my brothers would jump off the Wabash Bridge near Brooke High and swim there. I swam in the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico and Rhine River in Europe but I'll NEVER get in the mighty Ohio!
Yea, I have seen cleaner water since then. However, when you are a child living in the area and the weather gets hot, that river was all us children knew and it was a lot of fun. Fishing, swimming, boating, parties at the river's edge when I was a teen. That was our world, that was all we knew, so of course looking back......I'm thankful I do not have health problems.

Since: Feb 09

Paradise

#10 Feb 22, 2009
I only lived a block away from that river in Benwood, WV

We use to fish for Carp and they would put up a terrible fight, it was so exciting.
Russ Hoffman

Hagerstown, MD

#11 Mar 2, 2009
I grew up in Beech Bottom and used to swim in the
Ohio. Looking back, I know I am extremely fortunate that I did not get polio or some other disease. At that time (50's) the river had
a certain "smell". I have since visited my
sister who lives right next to the river in
Wellsburg and that river is much, much cleaner
than back in the 50's. But after years and years
of pollution the river bed must be so full of crap
that it won't get filtered or washed out for many
more years. The river is pretty to look at and
I enjoy seeing the barges going up and down. But
swim in it? No way!

Russ Hoffman
Berkeley Springs, Wv
Bucky

Kissimmee, FL

#12 Mar 13, 2009
You morons who are "so lucky" you didn't have any health problems... Why do you consider yourselves "lucky"? Do you know others who DID have problems from swimming in the river? Or are there statistics showing that most people who swam in there were stricken with severe health problems?

Geez - you draw dumb conclusions from nothing.

Since: Feb 09

Paradise

#13 Mar 17, 2009
Bucky wrote:
You morons who are "so lucky" you didn't have any health problems... Why do you consider yourselves "lucky"? Do you know others who DID have problems from swimming in the river? Or are there statistics showing that most people who swam in there were stricken with severe health problems?
Geez - you draw dumb conclusions from nothing.
I don't know if I agree that I have drawn a dumb conclusion from nothing. I do believe evidence exist by looking at the population and the increase of disabled children that were born in the 80's. Also I have gone back there to my home town and people do look sickly. Dark circles under their eyes and pale skin.

Since: Feb 09

Paradise

#14 Mar 17, 2009
Russ Hoffman wrote:
I grew up in Beech Bottom and used to swim in the
Ohio. Looking back, I know I am extremely fortunate that I did not get polio or some other disease. At that time (50's) the river had
a certain "smell". I have since visited my
sister who lives right next to the river in
Wellsburg and that river is much, much cleaner
than back in the 50's. But after years and years
of pollution the river bed must be so full of crap
that it won't get filtered or washed out for many
more years. The river is pretty to look at and
I enjoy seeing the barges going up and down. But
swim in it? No way!
Russ Hoffman
Berkeley Springs, Wv
I was trying to remember where Beech Bottom was, I know I have heard of it. Probably have family near there. I grew up in Benwood, WV
Family use to have large gardens near the river, every year the floods would wash in new soil and every year everyone in the neighborhood would plant again. Use to ride our sled down the hill and over the railroad tracks and stop right before the drop off that lead down to the river.

Some of my best childhood memories are all around that river, fishing, swimming and swinging from that ole tire in the tree, dropping into the water on a sweltering summer day. When we got older, drinking at the river's edge. Driving our family boats up and down that river, dodging drift wood.

When I was back there a few years ago...I thought the river looked great. Didn't go swimming, but enjoyed watching the little kids in the neighborhood play in the water. Fond memories.
Ifellinawell2

Wheeling, WV

#15 Jan 13, 2010
The LA river is 9,000% worse, in that thing, you can find bodies, cars, piles of tires, plastic, old garbage, hospital waste, and anything possible in that dump.
Ifellinawell2

Wheeling, WV

#16 Jan 13, 2010
So, hate me for hating precious "California" it all spells "Greedy suckers who live in a dump" to me.
ShadowM

Wheeling, WV

#17 Aug 17, 2010
Don't yell at us! Weirton dumps sewage and Shippingport dumps Nuclear Waste, and the Ohio river is only the 5th dirtiest river in the world :)
ShadowM

Wheeling, WV

#18 Aug 17, 2010
And we have a nuke plant that dumps into the river in Kentucky! LOL
Kodi1

Wheeling, WV

#19 Aug 17, 2010
LOL shippingport, throw a stick of dynamite in the reactor and call it a day. For all they really care!
mudmonster

Brecksville, OH

#20 Aug 20, 2010
ShadowM wrote:
Don't yell at us! Weirton dumps sewage and Shippingport dumps Nuclear Waste, and the Ohio river is only the 5th dirtiest river in the world :)
You have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. You're either a complete idiot or a simple troll. I'm betting both. It's quite clear, however, that you have no knowledge whatsoever of nuclear physics and the operation of fission reactors.

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