Low water levels expose trash

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2011
news@farmersvilletimes.com

By Jimmy Alford
Staff Writer

 
Douglas Keith parks his pickup on the side of a blacktop not far from Lowry Crossing and looks over the guardrail above Wilson Creek. The drought has the creek’s water low and pooling, and as far as he can see down the creek bed is a bed of garbage. Soda cans, oil jugs, tires and a plethora of other trash crowds the scummy skin.
 
Lake Lavon is only about 9 and a half feet from being critically low, and what little water is flowing to the lake is flowing through some tributaries that are choked with trash, or nonpoint pollution. Keith is a board member of the Milligan Water Supply Corporation in Lowry Crossing and said the problem starts small outside the area and builds up.
 
“That’s our drinking water. I’ve been driving by these creeks for 15 years, and I’ve gone to Wilson Creek and hauled out tires and other things thinking that trash attracts trash, but then it just get bad again,” Keith said. “Collin County has free dump day, yet I see on the road – couches, bags of landscaping – you name it and it’s on the road constantly, but that doesn’t get me as bad as dumping trash in the drinking water.”
 
According to the EPA, nonpoint pollution comes from diffuse sources, unlike industrial waste that is generated by single entities. It occurs as water flows over the ground and picks up natural and manmade debris, eventually depositing it in the water supply.
 
Environment Texas Director Luke Metzger said nonpoint pollution is a statewide problem.
 
For the complete story see the Oct. 13 edition of The Farmersville Times.
 

Courtesy photo
Members of Troop 309 collected about 1 ton of trash and about 3 tons of metal at Lake Lavon. From left is, Brian Strange, Mason Day, Matthew Day, Brenden Strange, Morgan Day, Dan Day, Andy Day, Eric Schmidt, Sam Day and Sean Day. 
 

Courtesy photo
A transmission from a car is among metal pieces Cub Scout Troop 309 found in Lake Lavon.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011
Dont you wish it was cold outside?
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Participants of the Summer Reading Club sponsored by The Farmersville ...
Brave in training
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Farmersville meets Japan
Saturday, July 16, 2011
On a recent mission trip to Japan, Farmersville resident Charlie Tuck...
Cub Scouts learn knots at camp
Thursday, July 14, 2011
The Farmersville Cub Scout Pack 592 held a Twilight Cam...
Single vehicle accident slows traffic
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Collin County Deputy Andrew Hatch walks around the scene of a single v...
Traveling to help
Thursday, July 07, 2011
Generosity. Commitment. Service. Exhaustion. These are only a few of ...
Structure fire demolishes home
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
A house on CR 663 was destroyed in a blaze at about 9 a.m. July 5. ...
Lets go Jarren!
Monday, July 4, 2011
Junior High School cheerleaders cheer on Jarren McTee as he is pushed ...
Pop goes the fourth
Thursday, June 30, 2011
The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate America with picnics, parad...
All about heroes
Monday, June 27, 2011
The anticipation of a fighter jet flyover, a parade and the annual Aud...
Fireworks in the Park set for tonight
Friday, June 24, 2011
The night sky will be ablaze with color Saturday, June 25. Thats the d...
All about heroes
Thursday, June 23, 2011
The anticipation of a fighter jet flyover, a parade and the annual Aud...
CR 611 closed due to semi-truck rollover
Monday, June 20, 2011
CR 611 will remain closed for several hours after a semi-truck rolled ...
Higher Trails says hello to Big Apple
Monday, June 20, 2011
A New York skyline is featured as part of Big Apple Adventures Vacatio...
Boy Scout Troop 310 cleans Prairie Grove Cemetery for Audie Murphy Day
Friday, June 17, 2011
In preparation of Audie Murphy Day, members of Boy Scout Troop 310 cle...
Young Farmersville singer shines in Star contest finals
Thursday, June 16, 2011
After an eight-week stage course and four rounds of competition, the...
Silver memories
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Seeds of volunteering success
Friday, June 10, 2011
Many local volunteers and organization participated in the community-w...
Tigers state bound
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Historical society installs new officers
Monday, June 06, 2011
The May meeting of the Farmersville Historical Society was held at the...
Walkin for success
Saturday, June 04, 2011
Fourth and Fifth grade students who walked at least five miles during ...
Class of 11 graduates 90
Thursday, June 02, 2011
Amid exuberance, excitement and a little bit of sadness, the 90-member...
Balancing action
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Fire evacuates students at junior high school
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
At about 8 a.m. this morning, students at Farmersville Junior High sch...
Students learn value of strength, discipline, courage
Thursday, May 19, 2011
As Farmersville Intermediate School students looked on with awe, surpr...
Leadership of the future
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Members of the Northern Collin County Leadership program recently comp...
Garden Club announces April Yards of the Month
Thursday, May 12, 2011
The Farmersville Garden Club has selected the Yards of the Month for A...
Class of 1946 celebrates with 65th reunion
Thursday, May 12, 2011
On April 30, the Farmersville Class of 1946 celebrated its' 65th Reuni...
Flower Power
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Garden club member Glenda Daniel sells potted flowers during the Farme...
Plane crashes; pilot unharmed
Thursday, May 12, 2011
David Austin, 44, from Ponder, walked away unscathed after crashing hi...
Fundraising flag
Sunday, May 08, 2011
Farmersville Masonic lodge #214 raised $767 for the Farmersville Inter...
Airplane crashes outside Farmersville
Thursday, May 05, 2011
Emergency workers responded to an airplane crash at CR 660 about 4: 3...
Brave success
Thursday, May 05, 2011
Cant. Stop. Quit. These are only a few words that Community High Schoo...
Fit for a queen
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Farmersville senior Lora Harris pins a boutineer on her date Russel Mo...
Eggstraordinary Easter
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Kids from all over Farmersville and the surrounding area were busy hun...
A thousand ways Student Earth Day activities show respect for Japan
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Traditionally, Earth Day is a day when people may remember to recycle ...
Curving hunger
Monday, April 25, 2011
Curves is collecting food for the Ministerial Alliance Food Bank and c...
Quilters learn about hand crank sewing
Sunday, April 22, 2011
At the April meeting of the Farmersville Quilt Guild, several members...
Empire College, Lodge honored with markers
Friday, April 22, 2011
Several Collin County Historical Commission members as well as friends...
Injury accident slows traffic near Hwy. 380 bridges
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Farmersville Volunteer Firefighters and other emergency personnel work...
Candy Collecting
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Peter Cottontail and lots of candy can be found around Farmersville an...
The Times celebrates Texas history
Monday, April 18, 2011
Blake Reynolds, a Children of The Republic of Texas and Allies of the ...
Area mourns soldiers death
Friday, April 15, 2011
Hundreds gathered on the parking lot of Wylie High School Sunday after...
Rotary sending students to Camp RYLA
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Cole Blakemore a past Camp Ryla participant, from left, stands with Ji...
Students escape real life problems with oneact play
Thursday, April 14, 2011
After months of hard work, students at Farmersville High School are en...
Mayor on Wheels
Saturday, April 09, 2011
Mayor Joe Helmberger delivers a meal as part of the Mayors Meals on Wh...
Highway 380 shut due to accident
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
A major two car accident occurred at about 10 p.m. Tuesday, April 4 at...
Club of service
Saturday, April 2, 2011
New Rotarians were recently inducted into the Farmersville Rotary Club...
This Boots made for fundraising
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
At the annual banquet and auction, several influential community memb...
A smoky situation
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Firefighter Jason McTee battles a car fire March 16 in downtown Farmer...
Patiently waiting
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Farmer Collin Rodgers waits for the pitch March 8 in a predistrict con...
Geocachers clean up Chaparral Trail
Saturday, March 12, 2011
A group of geocachers recently made the trip to Farmersville to clean ...
A matter of respect
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
A sea of camouflage could be seen in every direction....
Swingin D hosts Lavon Area Chamber banquet
Sunday, March 06, 2011
Though the entertainment, food and fundraising were enjoyed by all, gr...
Historically in style
Thursday, March 03, 2011
This wasnt your typical Farmersville Historical Society spring style ...
Swingin D hosts Lavon Area Chamber banquet
Sunday, March 06, 2011
Though the entertainment, food and fundraising were enjoyed by all, gr...
Veterans honored with camo day
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Students at Tatum Elementary School participated in National Salute to...
Farmers in full swing
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Retaliation suspected in house fire
Thursday, February 17, 2011
In the early morning hours of Feb. 11, an intentionally set fire cause...
Fire department battles blaze overnight
Friday, February 11, 2011
The Farmersville Volunteer Fire Departmentspent the early morning hour...
Frosty Farmersville
Thursday, February 10, 2011
An inch and a half of ice. More snow. Four degrees. And a lot of probl...
Fire and ice
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Farmersville Volunteer Fire Department, along with several others, bat...
Icy conditions cause havoc
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Icy conditions cause havoc across the metroplex and in Farmersville....
Collin County fire departments assist with multiple grass fires
Friday, January 28, 2011
Multiple fire departments across Collin County assisted Farmersville V...
Intermediate students takes UIL contests by storm
Friday, January 28, 2011
Chaos, fun and anticipation was the scene at the UIL academic competit...
Ba ba black sheep
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Nestled just inside the Collin County line, theres a place full of ani...
Best of 2011 voting starts
Friday, January 14, 2011
Social networking used to mean staying in touch with colleagues, frien...
Vowing to continue service
Thursday, January 06, 2011
Newly and re-elected county and state officials were sworn into their ...
Wreck halts traffic on Highway 380 today
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Traffic was halted on Highway 380 east of the Dairy Queen around 3 p.m...
O Holy Night
Friday, December 24, 2010
During First Baptist Church Farmersvilles Family First Christmas Celeb...
Oh Mickey!-Cheerleader joins mouse club for Christmas parade
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Along with traditional Christmas celebrations like opening presents, e...
A Christmas to Remember
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Santa, along with many other local dignitaries, was seen this weekend ...
The Farmersville Times reveals photos contest winners
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The Farmersville Times announces the winners of this year's Christmas ...
Rotarian train for parade
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Though many community members already know and are a part of the Rotar...
First Christmas
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Braiden McAdams is enthralled with Santa and Mrs. Claus during the ann...
Welcoming Christmas
Thursday, December 02, 2010
Mayor pro tem Paul Kelly hangs bows on the town Christmas tree prior t...
A time of thanks - Ministerial Alliance offers food help to citizens
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Though the original Thanksgiving was centuries ago, this time of year ...
Quint to the rescue
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The Farmersville Volunteer Fire Department was on scene Nov. 18 in Pri...
Trimming Turkeys
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Graci Dombrowski get her card punched by a fellow student at the Turke...
A play well paddled
Thursday, November 18, 2010
The FHS Drama department will be opening their Fall show at 7 p.m. Fri...
Farmers and Fleas kicks off winter season
Monday, November 15, 2010
Sheila Nelson and her daughter sell handcrafted items at the monthly F...
Honoring our heroes
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Its not every day that veterans are recognized for their service....
Hare on the square
Thursday, November 04, 2010
A multitude of people attended the annual Scare on the Square. ...
Cross-lake showdown
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Lady Farmer Stephanie Helmberger gets the ball over the net and in bet...
Scouts learn about city government
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Farmersville Mayor Joe Helmberger talks to the Farmersville Wolf Scout...
Celebrating big win
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Charla Craddock rejoices as she is named Farmersville High School Home...
Get ready for OTS
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Get information about Old Time Saturday in this week's edition of The ...
Last wish granted by band, Main Street Music Hall
Thursday, September 23, 2010
As the lights dimmed for the concert, Farmersville resident James Skil...
Riding the range - Third annual youth rodeo yields high attendance
Thursday, September 16, 2010
After days of rain, clear blue skies provided the perfect opportunity ...
Bugtussle rolls into town
Thursday, September 02, 2010
The annual Bugtussle rally rolled into town Saturday, Aug. 28. ...
Traffic halted Sunday as result of truck accident
Monday, August 30, 2010
At approximately 3:40 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29 traffic was halted on Hwy....
Ready for school days
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Teachers enjoy a welcome back luncheon hosted by the chamber....
Book fun at the big top
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Kids enjoy an afternoon of circus fun at the Summer Reading Club. The ...
New police chief hired
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Farmersville has a new police chief....
Farmersville Garden Club awards July Yards of the Month
Saturday, July 31, 2010
The Farmersville Garden Club has named the July Yards of the Month....
Farmersvile gets new police chief
Friday, July 30, 2010
The city of Farmersville has hired DeSoto Patrol Lt. Michael Sullivan ...
Saddlin up for milk and cookies
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Kids enjoy Saddle Ridge Ranch at First Baptist Church's Vacation Bible...
Future, current Farmer stars
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Photos featured during the July 12-16 Farmersville Little Farmers Foot...
Its a jungle out there!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Kids at Farmersville Church of Christ VBS enjoyed their time during Va...
Freedom, flags, fireworks, fun
Thursday, July 01, 2010
The season of red, white and blue bedazzlement was enjoyed by a large ...
Red, white and blue heroes - Veterans honored with 11th Audie Murphy Day
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Despite high temperatures and no flyover due to Pentagon budget cuts, ...
Audie Murphy Day 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Wayne Cody and his grandson Hunter Woodruff travel down the square dur...
Reading with The Times
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
The Farmersville Times is sponsoring this years Summer Reading Club fr...
Swimmin through VBS
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Kids participating in VBS enjoy snacks surrounded by boats and handmad...
Community grads face Brave new world
Thursday, June 10, 2010
With scholarships totalling more than $780,000, the Community High Sch...
We finally made it!
Thursday, June 03, 2010
With an endless supply of enthusiasm, dedication and, above all else, ...
Stars, stripes remembered
Sunday, May 30, 2010
I couldnt understand why so many people had gathered around me, to ce...
Historical society inducts new officers
Saturday, May 29, 2010
The Farmersville Historical Society's Installation of Officers for 201...
Friendly faceoff
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Salutatorian Becky Forbus, left, and Valedictorian Shelby Eaves, right...
Wreck halts traffic at Hwy. 78, 380
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
A Toyota Camry and a Ford truck were involved in a collision Tuesday, ...
Helmberger sworn in as mayor
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Joe Helmberger was sworn in as mayor along with Jim Foy and Paul Kelly...
Sugar Hill physics team shows well
Thursday, May 06, 2010
The Sugar Hill 4-H physics teams competed April 17 in the Society of P...
Flower Power - Garden club raises more than $1,000
Thursday, May 06, 2010
The Farmersville Garden Club members have been busy putting their cr...
Fire destroys residence
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Shortly before 6 p.m. tonight a house on 209 E. Santa Fe St. in Farmer...
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