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Dodgeville Pond - Contaminants Rise Up


Dodge Mill BridgeSo (presumably) the EPA screwed up again! Should this surprise any of us? When the pond was drained on Pond Street/Maple Ave, I heard they were also slowing the river to prevent Lamb Street toxins from entering Dodgeville Pond (they learned about this here). I figured I had enough information on Pond Street to get the right people to the area to clean up the problem immediately. Unfortunately, despite my efforts, things are worse today than they were just a few months ago. I decided to get over to Dodge Mill last week to see what the EPA did over the summer to "help" at the pond. I looked across the water and saw many weeds where a river once ran constantly. I saw some fish swimming in schools near the surface, but I also knew to ask myself - what is happening at greater depths? Have there already been unaccounted losses due to the depths at which they swim? I took a number of photos, zooming in on the area, so I could consider the whole situation, while looking through the photos.

FINDINGS: There was absolutely no scientific foundation to their decision! Where in science were we taught to remove a variable and not account for it? We still have the draw of the falls by the mill, but what about the push from the other side?!

The river was slowed and that's great - but what about the rate of the current that formerly kept the pond in balance? No measures were taken to recreate what was removed so contaminants which were once held at bay by a pond in motion, now rise under these new conditions. The pond is no longer fed large quantities of "fresher" water to dilute contaminants within the pond, leaving them to increase in strength. If this weren't enough, we also need to account for evaporation and the loss of water which flows under the bridge and down the river next to the mill. What's the conclusion? - Dodgeville Pond is in serious trouble.


latteFor a moment, I want you to consider this latte as an example of contaminants in Dodgeville Pond prior to the slowed river. Notice the layers? Heaviest espresso is at the bottom, a blend of espresso and cream rests in the middle, and a light froth floats at the top. If this were the pond, the current of the river flowing over the pond helps to achieve these dividing lines and maintain them.

Contaminants work very similar to this example with heavy metals and weighted contaminants at the bottom, the center would have a blend of contaminants working with dilution and the top an even lighter blend which is constantly refreshed and diluted by the constant flow of the river. Now, remove the current which kept these layers in a sense contained at varying depths and what do you see?

- The top layer no longer has the same dilution ratio which increases toxicity throughout the pond.

- Contaminants at greater depths rise and mix with higher concentrations of toxins now at the top of the pond.

- Hazards are created with the currents removal including blending and compounding of previously separated contaminants, and increased strength/toxicity which result in gases that affect the air quality surrounding the pond.

Add winter and what do you have? Any ice that forms on the pond will act much like paving the rock did on Lamb Street, forcing toxins and gases to flow out of the edges of the ice, and rest in pockets, while increasing the volatility of the area. Flash points are a problem in this scenario.

Air quality continues to diminish as toxins build, and by next spring it's too late to remedy the pond and restore it to its previous state.

What's the solution? Make a new river over the previous river. Yup, it's expensive, which is part of the reason the EPA accounted for only one side of the equation. BUT it's the easiest way to save the pond, while eliminating health problems for those in and around the mill. How's it done? The concept is relatively easy, a half pipe is installed expanding the width of the river, while the floor of the pipe is built recreating the terrain of the river bed. Water is brought in by a nearby fire hydrant. Current is then restored slowly to the area, while monitoring contaminants at varying depths until we've achieve what was there prior to the EPA's error - ECO-BALANCE! A place where both man and nature found harmony amid industrial waste.


Below are some photos of the area with captions to help you fully understand what's going on at Dodgeville Pond.

Photo of the mouth of the river where it enters Dodgeville Pond. Notice the weeds - lot's there to slow a current down. I visit this pond regularly. In years passed, that river was a body of moving water - never have I seen weeds like this before - the vast majority of vegetation is typically covered by water.

Dodgeville Pond


Photo of dry river bank and excessive weeds slowing current. The height of the river bank best illustrates the typical depth of the river.

Dry river bed

Here's a wide angle view of the area from where I was standing.

dodgeville pond

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