Chapter 6 - page 59

I'm human. The edited, condensed caption for a photo of a sinkhole escaped me in the final edits. And it reads unclearly.

The caption should read that the sinkhole is "tied to Hahatonka spring." The photo is from 2007.

And there's good news. Groups have been cleaning up the sinkhole. Here's a memo form the Missouri Caves & Karst Conservancy:

"The Missouri Caves & Karst Conservancy (MCKC) is planning a dig in the cave located on its Goodwin Sink property in northeast Laclede County.  The purpose of the dig is two-fold:  Improve the drainage of rainwater that enters the sink on its way to Ha Ha Tonka Spring some 11 miles away, and to continue to open the cave that had become plugged due to the sink being used as an illegal dump site for many years.  There is the potential of a large cave system here if we can unplug the drainage. MCKC has been cleaning out the trash and the soil and gravel trapped by the trash in the football field-sized sink since the beginning of 2012.  Thus far more than 4 million lbs. of material have been removed, not including the 1,200 tires and 2.5 tons of recyclable metal that have also been removed.  The sink is draining better than it did before we started the project, but we need your help to continue to unplug the drain in the cave itself.

          The weekend for this volunteerism has been set for Oct. 11, 12.  If you are planning to volunteer, please contact Jon Beard at  Lunch will be provided.

Chapter 4 - Those who built on Ameren's land

Many residents have filed lawsuits against Ameren following the redrawing of the dam project boundary. These homeowners, who discovered they were sold/owned land belonging to Ameren, have decided to fight back. 

Hearings were set for June 2014 in Camden County and the litigation will probably continue for years to come.


Chapter 8 - Is it the Goose Poop? follow from reporting with scientist John Schumacher

A U.S. Geological Survey study, released in the spring of 2014 (after the book had gone to press), indicated "that water samples from Grand Glaize Beach cove contained significantly larger E. coli concentrations than adjacent coves and were largest at sites at the upper end of Grand Glaize Beach cove, indicating a probable local source of E. coli contamination within the upper end of the cove."

The study also noted "a predominance of waterfowl-associated markers in nearshore sediments at Grand Glaize Beach consistent with frequent observations of goose and vulture fecal matter in sediment, especially on the left and middle areas of the beach."

So, the water quality issues at Grand Glaize Beach might have been the geese, according to Schumacher, et al's study.