To the editor:
The old school bus seen in the picture above has been slowly falling into the Raccoon River for more than a decade. It is located up stream from Dawson. Ten years ago the wreck was much higher up on the river bank.
On the left in the photo is a little red pickup truck, and on the right is an old VW mini van. They will be in the water in a few years or less.
Some people think the rivers in Iowa are conduits for waste, and they do not consider them as streams of life to many things — plants, animals and human beings. The Raccoon River is a source of drinking water for 500,000 people, but some folks upstream don’t seem to care.
“Folks have dumped all sorts of stuff in the rivers of Iowa for years, dead animals, household sewage, farm equipment and even cars and buses,” according to my fellow Raccoon River Watershed Association member Mike Delaney. “This old attitude toward our rivers continues with the careless discharge of farm chemicals and hog manure. The Big Ag industry cries, ‘It is not us. It is God.’ However, the Raccoon River is impaired — officially documented — for bacteria and nitrates. It used to run clear and clean when God was in charge.”
Anyone interested in this and similar challenges to the environment of the Raccoon River should attend the next meeting of the Raccoon River Watershed Association, Saturday, Dec. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hotel Pattee, 1112 Willis Ave. in Perry. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Ray Harden, Perry