A proposal by a San Antonio company, Dewatering Partners Industrial, to locate an industrial waste treatment operation at the City of Rio Hondo’s municipal water plant is alarming area citizens.
Arroyo Colorado is the primary freshwater inflow into Lower Laguna Madre, and serves as an important estuary for trout, redfish, and other game fishes. This 90-mile distributary of the Rio Grande begins near Mission and flows thru the heart of the Lower Rio Grande Valley on its way to the bay.
“It’s is a very fragile ecosystem, and it is already impaired from bacteria and low dissolved oxygen just from the things that we do from day to day activities here in the Rio Grande Valley. So what could happen to this ecosystem if we introduce new toxins and new contaminants to the water body?” said Jaime Flores, Arroyo Colorado Watershed Coordinator.
Dewatering Partners Industrial plans to treat liquid waste from restaurant grease traps, car washes, etc., and have accrued numerous violations at another of their facilities in the state.
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