New system cleans one-fifth of Tar Creek

From The Tulsa World:

A new organic water treatment system has cleaned up one-fifth of contaminants that enter into the lead- and zinc-polluted Tar Creek stream in northern Ottawa County.

Robert W. Nairn with the University of Oklahoma Center for Restoration of Ecosystems and Watersheds provided a walking tour Wednesday of the $1.2 million passive treatment system that is treating contaminated mine drainage.

“One-fifth of containment is pretty significant,” said Nairn. “I believe it is a successful project but we will know more when we come back in five years.”

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