April 2016 Enews

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Dear Wolf River Conservancy Partner:

The Memphis community has recently experienced three sewage leaks during a three-week period with negative environmental effects on the Loosahatchie River and Cypress Creek, a tributary to the Wolf River. The leaks were caused by flooding and erosion, and we understand that City of Memphis personnel did an excellent job in containing these leaks as quickly as possible. Fortunately there was no contamination of drinking water in any of these incidents. They do serve as a reminder, however, of the ongoing need to protect our clean water supply.

Other recent water contamination incidents in our country:
   - A toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie impacting the city of Toledo, Ohio;
   - The accidental spill of wastewater from abandoned mines into the Animas River in Colorado;
   - An oil spill in the Yellowstone River affecting Glendive, Montana, and other surrounding areas;
   - And, of course, the much publicized Flint, Michigan, lead pollution.

All these incidents impaired the drinking water in their communities in addition to polluting surface water. Fortunately, our community’s water supply is 100% groundwater pumped from the Memphis Sand Aquifer. At our current usage level and with good stewardship, this aquifer can provide us with clean drinking water for 300 or 400 years.

We cannot take our plentiful supply of water for granted, however, nor can we ignore the fact that our aquifer also has potential sources of contamination. This is why the core mission of the Wolf River Conservancy’s remains so important – protecting land parcels in the floodplain that serve as recharge for our aquifer system.

If you are reading this, you probably understand the importance of protecting our environment. Hopefully you are also a member/donor of the Wolf River Conservancy and we thank you” for your support. We remain committed to our mission of conserving and enhancing the Wolf River Watershed. Please share our story and mission with your friends. You can always visit to learn more about our latest activities and projects. Thanks!



Keith Cole
Executive Director

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First Saturday Paddle


May 8

Mother's Day Paddle


May 10

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May 15

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May 21

Wolf River Clean Up Paddle


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