Saturday, July 10, 2010

July 8 A heavy downpour hit the Columbus area late last week, causing rapid and extensive
runoff into Short Creek. The reservoir rose quickly and topped the spillway.
The water was the color of tea on Friday July 2 and Wednesday it is like black coffee and getting darker every day.
An oily film could be seen floating on top of much of the reservoir, where the water had receded, shoreline vegetation was black.
The whole shoreline was solid with dead fish and it was stinking. Nobody went swimming. Nobody. Everybody stayed on shore.
Short Creek Dam Recreation Area is just north of Columbus ND. The reservoir covers 108 acres.
What about tapwater? Dont light a match near it! Is it safe? Not likely.


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