Saturday, February 02, 2008

Harbor Shores irrigation would unleash toxins


The Harbor Shores project should never have been allowed to begin and should not con tinue. I am 81, grew up in the city of Benton Harbor, and through my experience have first-hand knowledge of the development area. I have received many blocked calls telling me to keep my mouth shut. I won't because I care about this county and feel the residents are being robbed and deceived.

At age 9, I began trapping muskrats in the marshes and streams of the Paw Paw and St.
Joe rivers. The water was clear and clean and the marshes were loaded with carp, northern pike and pickerels, plus ducks, geese and songbirds. The riverbanks were teaming with perch fingerlings and emerald shiners.

On several occasions I saw trucks loaded with junk and barrels marked "danger-poison!" As they dumped the junk into the Paw Paw, bulldozers pushed the barrels to make room for more. The barrels broke open and released a heavy green liquid. There was also a small creek that ran from Auto Specialties into the Paw Paw River that was yellow green in color. As a kid I didn't have waders and gloves and was unaware of the toxins I was being exposed to. What I did know was that if I didn't get the muskrats out of that creek by noon their hides would slip off!

Through the years I witnessed transformers refrigerators – you name it – being dumped into what are now contamination hot spots. At the end of 50 years of trapping and fishing there was a noticeable reduction of the fish and wildlife that were once so plentiful.

Now the state is prepared to allow this very same land to be used for a golf course, land that is made up of fine sand where dangerous contaminants may be deeply embedded. If the golf course is constructed, the saturation of this ground with 450,000 gallons of water a day for irrigation will cause these contaminants to seep into the river and out into the lake.

I have been a Realtor for 45 years and was a highly qualified appraiser. I am aware of the preposterous, rock-bottom low appraisals for
22 acres of Jean Klock Park and the inflated appraisals of the 40-some acres of the proposed mitigated, disconnected and contaminated swamplands; swamplands that are worth very little, if anything at all. In my opinion the firm that conducted the appraisals is highly incompetent. There are no sales of swampland, therefore there are no comparables for them.

During my career in real estate I have done many planned unit developments and can tell you that you must go through a lengthy and stringent permit approval process. The process involves the county health department and road commis sion, drain commission, power company, etc., and when near water, the Army Corps of Engineers. Why is it I could not proceed with these types of developments unless I had every single duck in a row first but Harbor Shores can?

William Kechkaylo, Berrien Springs


Anonymous said...

The fallacy is this argument is that the contaminated area, if left alone, won't hurt anybody. Since rain and snow dump millions of gallons of water on that area -- much more than any irrigation system -- any movement of contaminents is already happening. To say that a sprinkler system will now be the end of us all, is typical fear-mongering from informed sources.

Stop being afraid of developing land that, before Harbor Shores, was of no use to anyone. Except for the 3 people who went to Jean Klock Park each year.

jim crow said...

The writer (of the Letter) in this case has a valid point.

Google: "LOVE CANAL NEW YORK 1978".

I personally spoke to a person who told me about being assigned to dump barrels of toxic waste in the area of the Paw Paw and St. Joseph rivers in the 1960's.

WilliamX said...

Of Course You would agree with what the writer wrote you Damn Buzzard,due to the fact that the writer is in agreement with your bullshit, and the bottom line to the writer story is its okay to build on the land.

Jim Crow (aka The Buzzard said...
I personally spoke to a person who told me about being assigned to dump barrels of toxic waste in the area of the Paw Paw and St. Joseph rivers in the 1960's.

Hahahahaha the 1960's? Damn Crow this is 2008, and besides toxic
waste sinks into the ground. Plus
that's why the fish in rivers and lakes is dying. Crow someone needs
to pluck your feathers.

What about the toxic that Benton Harbor steel dumped into the Paw
Paw/St Jospeh rivers? That was
back in the late 60's early 70's.

People in Benton Harbor should be
fighting to save their health.
People in Benton Harbor/Berrien
County should be raising Holy Hell
about their corrupted local & county government.

Most Blacks are victims because
they allow themselves to become
scapegoats for the White Man.
Don't you agree Crow with my statement?

Anytime you and your gang of anonymous assholes want to attack
bring it on. Remember to post in your real name like I do.

Anonymous said...

You do not post your real name. What does it say on your driver's license? How about your birth certificate?

Just as Detroit Red = Malcom X = Malcom Little.

WilliamX = William X Akbar = ?

You can not hide behind your criminality.

jim crow said...

William, the more you post here, the more convinced I am that you are about 12 years old.

I was not agreeing with Mr Anonymous, but rather the person that wrote the letter to the editor that was posted here.

Anonymous said...

I agree with some of the points and disagree with others. It is horrible that the land was wasted and trashed. That is disgusting.

But it has been that was for 20+ years. Water has flowed through that river for 20+ years after the contamination.

Because of the Harbor Shore's project and other projects in that area it is finally being cleaned up.

I will say this about the swamps and beach area. If Benton Harbor officials from 20-40 years ago had been doing their job then that land would be an incredible resource. Until Harbor Shores came along it was unfortunately a blight on the community. And one that Benton Harbor could not afford to clean up.


Anonymous said...

Oh and Jim the Love Canal thing is totally different. No effort was made to clean Love Canal. The first school was built there knowing full well it was full of chemicals. It was only later that people didn't know.

Regardless, this area is being cleaned up.


WilliamX said...

Anonymous said...
You do not post your real name. What does it say on your driver's license? How about your birth certificate?

Just as Detroit Red = Malcom X = Malcom Little.

WilliamX = William X Akbar = ?

You can not hide behind your criminality

Damn...This is my real LEGAL name.
You don't believe that a Black name can have a real name like mine?
You all fucked up in the mind.

Also for your information asshole. I do NOT have a criminal record.
I guess you so stupid until you think that all Black men are criminals.

Well that's how I feel about all you shit colored whites look alike,
and I know for real you all stink.

What does MalcolmX have to do with me? You posting as a anonymous, but
yet you are dipping all into my mix. Are you retarded or just ignorant?

Since you seem interested in my personal life. The next big Rally
there in Benton Harbor/Berrien County come introduce yourself to me. (Warning Meet Me At Your Own Risk)

I AM NOT scared shitless to speak out against you albino whites. You
don't frighten me, but you are so damn dirty until you would try to
out number me with your klan group.

To Good Old Jimmy the Crow. Of course I sound like I am 12 years old, due to the fact that you can't stand it when a Black man kick your white ass, and as long as I am posting here I will continue to be whatever age you think I am.

Rev Pinkney, is one bad Black man
who have stood up against you Albino whites, and you all can't
accept the fact that The Brother
is to smart for you Haters.

Everyone one of you coward ass whites post on this blog. Its always something negative about Rev Pinkney, and that shows me how dirty and low down you whites are.

Anonymous said...

Which of the 8 people that show for those marches will you be?

Will you be on the bus coming from Chicago? Detroit? Kalamazoo? Or just the citizen from Benton Harbor having to suffer being put further in the spotlight by the anarchist group you try to represent?

I think that the point that the earlier Anon. poster was that you call your self WilliamX ie. you converted to islam which is probably not what your mother named you. Why would you go against your parents who loved you and change your name?

WilliamX said...

You assholes is so worried about
my name, why do you post as an
anonymous? Anonymous wasn't your
name given to you when you was farted out.

What does a persons name have to do with a persons behavior or how he thinks? You post the same old bullshit every other post, but
don't have no substances to your post, and all you assholes are doing is repeating yourself only with different words.

Rev Pinkney is mentally screwing
you dumbasses, and that's why Berrien County is intiminidated
by the man. Oh I must inform you
that you all do not have to worry
about a shoot-out. We are not that crazy, and believe me we are not scared.

But posting anonymous is a proven fact that you all is chicken shit.

Anonymous said...

I'm not in favor of the Harbor Shores development. However, I'm not sure it does anyone any good to use vulgar language against Whites.

I'm White and support Reverend Pinkney, however, I am offended by the language used by other "supporters". Two wrongs doesn't make a right.

People also need to realize that government corruption isn't limited to the local or county government. I feel the current democrats & republicans in the State House are equally to blame for the problems in Benton Harbor as well as elsewhere.