I grew up beside this stream. I played in this stream as a child. I fished in this stream and ate the fish I caught when I got older. I became concerned with the quality of the water when I noticed the fish started to disappear and any wildlife associated with the stream.
I noticed what I thought was sewage along the banks of the stream. I reported this to DEP in the 70’s. As far as I am aware no action was taken.
A few years went by and I reported the issue again in the 80’s. The condition of the stream steadily worsened.
I made another report in the 90’s. Once again the condition of the stream was worsening.
I made a report in 2009 to DEP. Heather Agosta of the Altoona office of DEP came and took water samples. Her investigation showed that the stream was void of life. She said she would be in touch with me in seven days to give me a detailed report. She called me within the seven day period and said the results of the test would not be revealed to me. I asked her for a copy of the results and she refused stating the report was confidential and the case was closed.
I decided to go public with this issue because it appears I am getting no results from any government agency. I would like to see the results of this test due to medical concerns I have been experiencing. I am also concerned for my children and the other families that this may affect.