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POLLUTION OF TRINITY RIVER SHOULD BE STOPPED
Arlington, Texas, March 13, 1930
To the Arlington Journal:
I would like to ask for information through your paper, if you please. The questions I ask are to any one who can and will answer them.
Is there a law to prevent the pollution of the streams, small or great, in the state of Texas? If so, as I understand there is, why is the Trinity river allowed to be polluted to the extent that one is almost overcome with the awful smell when within one or two miles of the river? That is not the worst of it; fish can not live in the Trinity as the oil and other filth is continualy allowed to run in it seemingly without any restriction.
Once in a while we read a hint that it will be seen after and the filth prohibited from being allowed to go into the river but it seems nothing is expected to be done about it.
I would like to know why this important matter has not been seen after before now and I would like to know who is responsible for allowing this river to remain in the present condition?
Recently I met two officers of the law and asked them this question �Why has the Trinity river been allowed to get in its present condition?� One of them replied it could not be helped as there was too much money at the back of it. Now is it possible that this is a fact? Because moneyed men desire for their convenience to pollute this stream, it has become almost unbearable and kills all the fish that come up the river as fast as they get here.
It occurs to me that moneyed men are in a better position to take care of their troubles than the poorer class and should be required to do so. I think the officer who fails to discharge his duty because he is afraid of the moneyed men should be held accountable for this neglect of his sworn duty to the people.
Now if there is a law against this matter let�s have it obeyed. If this law is not enforced why should anyone obey any of the laws if they are only for the poor?
Yours very truly
W. B. Milburn.”
I have posted about the sad condition of the fish in Lake Arlington. Become informed and active in your community…t o d a y !