Letter to the editor: Solve Leona issues

How long before we get it right? I am deeply concerned about the time it is taking for the Leona River water problems in Memorial Park to be solved. Over the years that I’ve been enjoying walking my dogs at our park, I’ve seen several attempts at addressing the annual algae bloom that develops in the heat of the summer each year. Usually it involves draining the river so the fountain parts can be cleared of the mud that clogs them, preventing water flow. Or repairing the pumps that turn on the fountain. Or making fountain repairs. Or chemically reducing the annual algae bloom.

What appears to me to happen is that the mud clogs the fountains once again and that stress on the pumps causes them over time to have mechanical problems. And perhaps the plumbing system that lines the river banks which allows what I believe to be gray water to be pumped in and out of the river bed is also clogged with mud and debris. And all of that may be contributing to the algae bloom. But I am not an engineer, a water-way architect or water manager, nor do I have a degree in anything that might address this problem. I am only an observer and someone who dearly loves and still sees beauty in our park in spite of its problems.

It just seems to me that we have tried many solutions involving the pumps and the fountains but have done little to address the 25 years or so of mud and cypress tree sheadings that have built up in this river area. What appears to me to be multiple Band-Aid solutions just aren’t getting the job done.

What if we used the money we budget for these efforts annually and raise the remaining finances needed to dredge the 1-2 feet of mud and debris for the entire length of the river bed in Memorial Park? What if we repaired the 25 year old plumbing for the grey water intake and outflow? Wouldn’t that make more sense than unclogging the fountain each year so that it works for a couple of weeks before it gets clogged up again, thereby contributing to the annual algae bloom?

And what if we had periodic debris dredging over the years instead of letting it build up to such a level? And what if we did the major draining and dredging in the winter months to protect the wildlife from the high heat and scarcity of water during those weeks of repair?

Just a thought.

Barbara Edwards

Uvalde



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