Driftwood Pollution: From Ashes


by William Crisp


Part Three

The third day of the pollution did not bring any relief for the stream. We had realized that we had lost all of the Portage and Driftwood as well as part of the Sinnemahoning, at least. Of course, Norfolk Southern’s  contractors and contacts did not agree yet, so there was more debate with them. But in time, they came to acknowledge the extent of the damage.

We continued sampling, began dead fish counts and met with those who could help us. In the following days we greeted the fisheries personnel, who began the task of helping with sampling and surveying the streams. Those surveys were able to quantify the damage later on in very specific terms of percentages and range of mortality.



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