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Ozark Waters 
Volume XIV, Issue 12
  March 23, 2020
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Table Rock Shoreline Cleanup postponed - but not America!

David Casaletto, President, Ozarks Water Watch

For the last 20 years, the Table Rock Lake Shoreline Cleanup has been held on the first Saturday in April. Even when it was on Easter weekend, when there was an inch of snow on the ground, when the lake was at flood level, or when there were icicles forming on the docks, our volunteers still got out and cleaned up our lake.

But when it comes to the safety of all, we have decided the only option is to postpone the cleanup until later in the year. I think by now it goes without saying that we are following the CDC's guidelines. Stay tuned to this newsletter and to the Ozarks Water Watch's Facebook page to find out the new cleanup date after the current crisis blows over.

These are strange times. In my 66 years on this world I am not sure I have experienced something such as this virus that has affected every person to this level. Our middle daughter has been teaching school in Laos for the past 2 years and was scheduled to move back home in June. But when the school went to online teaching, many of the teachers decided to get back home, with the blessing of the school administration, if they could. Sarah left her house in Laos last Thursday and 40 hours later, with the help of a 12 hour time difference, arrived at the Springfield airport at 8 pm last Friday night. She will still teach school online from the camper from 8 pm to 3 am local time until school ends this summer.

Safe distance at the airport while bringing daughter Sarah a car

Sarah's journey took her to five airports: Laos, Thailand, Tokyo, Dallas and Springfield. Interestingly no one ever questioned her about the virus. No screening in Dallas, no questions, no suggestions..... But in the interest of safety, Sarah is self-quarantining in our camper in our driveway for 2 weeks. We took her a car that she drove home and mom only got "air hugs" from the daughter she has not seen in over 8 months.

Self-quarantine in the camper for 2 weeks!

We also have relation in Italy that we are in contact with. What you hear on the news about their failing health care system, doctors having to make choices about who to treat and the many, many dying, are not exaggerations, but it may be actually worse than we are being told. This is serious stuff.

Locally at work, our office staff has geared up to work from home as much as we can, but Ozarks Environmental Services is considered part of the "Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce" as we operate drinking water and wastewater treatment systems, so we have instituted safe working guidelines and that work goes on.

As I sit at my desk at home and write this newsletter (last Saturday), I think the most concerning issue is the unknown. We have no way of knowing how long this will last. But I have to say, I AM PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN! We will pull through this crisis stronger and more united. We will do what it takes and we will support each other. That is what we do.

If you are so inclined, I invite you to read Psalms 91. Verses 2 and 3 read:
2 This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
    he is my God, and I trust him.
3 For he will rescue you from every trap
    and protect you from deadly disease.

May God bless you and your family!

Quote of the Week    
"Let every individual and institution now think and act as a responsible trustee of Earth, seeking choices in ecology, economics and ethics that will provide a sustainable future, eliminate pollution, poverty and violence, awaken the wonder of life and foster peaceful progress in the human adventure."

~ John McConnell, founder of International Earth Day
Stop Flushing Wipes! Causes Damage to Sewer Systems
ecoRI News 
March 20, 2020

With new reports of damaged pump stations and overwhelmed screening facilities in Rhode Island wastewater collection and treatment systems, the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is again urging Rhode Islanders to refrain from flushing disinfectant wipes, including those labeled "flushable."
These items should be thrown in the trash. DEM is also asking retailers to post signs alerting customers not to flush wipes. "Proper functioning of our wastewater treatment system is critical to protecting public health by preventing viruses and bacteria from getting into your homes, onto roadways and into our waterways."

To read more, click: HERE 
What You Can and Cannot Do During a Stay-at-Home or Shelter-in-Place Order

March 20, 2020
Yes, you can leave your home, but only for certain reasons. Though no order has been issued nationwide, the state mandates are similar to ones issues across the globe. In France, officials imposed nationwide restrictions on residents' movement, allowing them to leave home to buy food, go to work, or other essential tasks. Switzerland's government declared a state of emergency, ordering shops, restaurants, bars and other facilities shut down. The measures exclude health-care operations as well as supermarkets, but also include entertainment and leisure facilities, which will be closed until April 19.

Italy and Spain were both placed under similar orders. In Spain, people are allowed to leave their homes only to buy food and medicine, commute to work, go to hospitals and banks, or take trips related to the care of the young and the elderly. All schools and universities were closed, along with restaurants, bars, hotels and other nonessential retail businesses.
To read more, click: HERE 
Beaver Water District says water from the faucet is safe to drink
KNWA Fox24 
March 20, 2020

Beaver Water District issued a statement March 17th reminding local residents that while the facilities are closed to the public, the water is safe to drink. Beaver Water District will continue to provide uninterrupted delivery of safe, clean drinking water to our customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no need to purchase bottled water or add extra filtration. Our drinking water source is Beaver Lake. Beaver Water District uses two powerful disinfectants that kill Covid-19, which is one of many types of coronavirus.

Existing World Health Organization (WHO) guidance on the safe management of drinking water states that "extra measures are not needed. Disinfection, in particular, will facilitate more rapid die-off of COVID-19 virus." There is no evidence on the survival of the COVID-19 virus in drinking water.
To read more, Click: HERE 

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David Casaletto, President

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