Storm Flood Water Banking – helpful or fracking runoff harmful?

Last month I learned about Uranium contamination in drinking water in MODESTO California and other nearby areas. This month an orchard in MODESTO is being studied in an experimental flooding-of-banked-waters to recharge the depleted aquifer…but two different universities are involved so:
  1. who is looking at the Uranium in this experiment?
  2. Will water-banked-releases worsen/spread brownfield contamination?
  3. How will this study benefit Texans concerned with fracking & NORM related toxins to ground and surface waters?
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From: Helen Dahlke <>
To: kim feil <>
Sent: Friday, January 22, 2016 10:32 PM
Subject: Re: Groundwater Banking.. the “MODESTO effect” who is checking for Uranium? Toxic Almonds / the fracking effect on Storm Water
Hi Kim,

Thank you for your email. I was not aware of the uranium pollution but thank you for pointing that out!



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From: kim feil
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Cc: Mary Kelleher; Buzz Pishkur <>; Darryl Westbrook <>; “” <>; “” <>; Zacariah Hildenbrand <>; Kevin A. Schug <>
Sent: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 9:14 AM
Subject: Groundwater Banking.. the “MODESTO effect” who is checking for Uranium? Toxic Almonds / the fracking effect on Storm Water
Dear UC Davis staff and NCTCOG Water Resource Council (Ms Evans please forward as appropriate), my name is Kim Feil, I live in Arlington Texas and concern myself with environmental trends. As a UT Arlington business graduate, I do research and try to connect the right people with the relevant news items as they break and do this full time on a volunteer basis. Networking in this manner serves as an advantage in having parsed numerous stories in the interest of helping protect public health.
Today there was a report of an experiment occurring in an area that I am watching in terms of known ground/drinking water contamination. MODESTO California was one of the cities that had Uranium in their drinking water that was “drawn up” from drought, aquifer pumping, and irrigation of crops/orchards. When that story broke last month, I also looked at our Texas Trinity River and recognized a similar NORM risk to our water from those factors in addition to the added risk of our fracking build out with toxic SURFACE storm water run off.
Since then UT Arlington’s CLEAR has more information of indirect aggregate risks to GROUND water quality in their latest study…
Indirect evidence of pollutant migration via microannular fissures in well casing”
If you want the full UTA Clear pdf. please email and ask for the details on their study, “Elucidating hydraulic fracturing impacts on groundwater quality using a regional geospatial statistical modeling approach”
Now that UC Davis is studying the effects of purposefully flooding an almond orchard in MODESTO, I am trusting that the disturbed uranium levels in the drinking water from tainted ground water supplies will be monitored in this experiment?  I suspect dilution to the uranium levels will occur if you have a successful attempt to recharge the aquifer that has been drawn down.
I’m just making sure that UC Davis knows to talk to Univ. of Nebraska (who studied the Uranium). One or both universities may want to add a focus on looking at the change in Uranium levels after this experiment to see how it affects the almonds AND the ground water drinking source.
It is important that if recharging aquifers in this manner (divert then flood) worsens water contamination, that brownfield areas be avoided of course.
If someone from each university could keep me in the loop on if this info was helpful, that would be appreciated.
Kim Feil
(anti)Urban Drilling specialist

About Kim Triolo Feil

Since TX Statute 253.005 forbids drilling in heavily settled municipalities, I unsuccessfully ran for City Council Seat to try to enforce this. Since Urban Drilling, our drinking water has almost tripled for TTHM's. Before moving to Arlington in 1990, I lived in Norco’s “cancer alley”, a refinery town. It was only after Urban Drilling in Arlington did I start having health effects. After our drill site was established closest to my home, the chronic nosebleeds started. I know there are more canaries here in Arlington having reactions to our industrialized airshed (we have 55-60 padsites of gas wells). Come forward and report to me those having health issues especially if you live to the north/northwest of a drill site so I can map your health effects on this blog. My youtube account is KimFeilGood. FAIR USE NOTICE: THIS SITE MAY CONTAIN COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL THE USE OF WHICH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE COPYRIGHT OWNER. MATERIAL FROM DIVERSE AND SOMETIMES TEMPORARY SOURCES IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN A PERMANENT UNIFIED MANNER, AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH EMINENT DOMAIN AND THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AMONG OTHER THINGS). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS A 'FAIR USE' OF THE INFORMATION AS ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 107 OF THE US COPYRIGHT LAW. IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 17 USC SECTION 107, THE SITE IS MAINTAINED WITHOUT PROFIT FOR THOSE WHO ACCESS IT FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE: HTTP://WWW.LAW.CORNELL.EDU/ TO USE MATERIAL REPRODUCED ON THIS SITE FOR PURPOSES THAT GO BEYOND 'FAIR USE', PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER INDICATED WITH A NAME AND INTERNET LINK AT THE END OF EACH ITEM. (NOTE: THE TEXT OF THIS NOTICE WAS ALSO LIFTED FROM CORRIDORNEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM)
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