TODAY'S QUESTION: Do you agree with the City Council's vote to oppose the EPA's plan for Hinkson Creek?

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 | 1:10 p.m. CST; updated 6:51 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 4, 2011

COLUMBIA — The future of Hinkson Creek is still up for debate.

In a 5 to 2 vote Monday night, the City Council approved a resolution to oppose the Environmental Protection Agency's recommendation to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff entering Hinkson Creek.

Debate has continued as the creek is listed as an “impaired” stream by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. This would call for action to be taken to clean it up.

The EPA, DNR and the Osage Group of the Sierra Club agree Hinkson Creek is polluted and in need of repair. In their most recent plan, known as a total maximum load, the EPA called for Columbia to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff by 39.6 percent.

While the city said it wants a healthy Hinkson Creek, it still had major concerns with the EPA’s plan.

Both City Manager Bill Watkins and Mayor Bob McDavid have openly objected to the data gathered to determine the EPA’s recommendations.

In addition, several council members have also questioned the EPA’s use of stormwater runoff as a surrogate for a pollutant in Hinkson Creek and think more studies need to be done.

The city also wants the EPA to consider a phased approach to meet its requirements.

Information from the city's perspective can be found in supporting documents given in the council's agenda. The EPA has also provided a draft TMDL for Hinkson Creek online.

Given the passionate sides on this issue, do you agree with the City Council’s decision?

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Paul Allaire January 4, 2011 | 2:44 p.m.

Well I'm glad to see the council is in "sink" with the voters.

I wonder how this survey would fare if they put it on the trib...

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Chris Cady January 5, 2011 | 12:03 p.m.

Kudos to the Missourian for providing links to Mr. Shorr's response as well as the TMDL document.

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