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Brush Creek

Water, Water, Everywhere
by Debby Hays,THB Membership Chair
The Clean Water Act is supposed to protect our nations’ waters, but there are no guarantees in life, especially when it comes to natural resources. So there’s plenty of reasons and opportunities to get personally involved in making sure we do what we can to help protect and preserve one of our most precious (and finite) resources: FRESH WATER. More...

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Drain pipe on Brush Creek
Photo: Lee Smith

Connecting the Dots
Heartland Sierran, Oct. 2004
Sometimes it takes a wild imagination to connect the dots. Other times it might just be a matter of opening the eyes. The problems of Brush Creek could be just one of those events where you either let your mind run wild or just close your eyes to it. A lot of people who see the development that’s taken place along Brush Creek think things are improving. We think the departure of the gondola rides was just another idea in the city that never took off. We see the Corps working on a huge project east of the Plaza where people were swept to their deaths in the flood of October 1998. We see progress and we see it as a hopeful sign that the “problems” are being fixed. But the harsh reality is the Corps project does nothing to stop the raw sewage from dumping into Brush Creek when it rains. Neither do the well-maintained gardens at the Kauffman Memorial or the monumental waterfall that graces the front of Stowers Institute. Brush Creek is still the “system” it was designed to be over 100 years ago — a combined sewer outlet that allows raw sewage to flow through the middle of our city and on to the Missouri River where — you guessed it — most of our drinking water is obtained. more...

Brush Creek - Pipe Dream
Heartland Sierran, Aug. 2004

Why is it we are resigned to accepting the conditions that cause Brush Creek to be dubbed Flush Creek? Doesn't it seem bizarre to you that we all seem fine with letting the city allow raw sewage to openly flow through one of the most high-profile streams in our town? That we have somehow come to accept that it's OK not to see Brush Creek as a stream to be protected under the Clean Water Act?

When the Clean Water Act was passed back in 1977, it had the lofty goal of  restoring the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of our Nation's waters. more...

Water, More Precious Than Oil
Heartland Sierran, Apr. 2003
We have enough fears already. We shouldn’t have to fear our waters.

Less than a year ago Robert Kennedy Jr. was in Kansas City calling on local residents to “reclaim our city’s waterfronts, preserve the water and secure recreational activities for future generations.” Standing on the bank where the Missouri and Kansas Rivers converge, he commented, “I look at this river and see a waterfront with huge potential that’s being squandered.” more...

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Brush Creek near the Plaza
Photo: Claus Wawrzinek

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