State Cites Quarry for Fouling Creek Suggests a Settling Basin to Keep Rain from Carrying Dust

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The state Department of Natural Resources has cited the Riverview Quarry in Antonia for fouling a creek with limestone dust.

The state agency's office in St. Louis issued the citation Friday, said Bob Eck, regional manager.

Eck said his agency had received complaints and had sent Steve Parker, an environmental specialist, to check out Glaize Creek. It runs between Highway M and the quarry, on the west side of Antonia.

Eck said rainwater carries the dust into the creek. He said, "The contaminant changes the appearance and consistency of the creek," thereby lowering the water quality.

The state's recommendation is for the owner of the quarry, Berra Construction Co., to treat the runoff water before it gets into Glaize Creek. This could be done by constructing a settling basin, Eck said.

John Berra Jr., president of Berra Construction, did not return a reporter's telephone call.

Gene Fribis, who has done engineering work for the quarry, said: "We had planned on putting in a sedimentation basin anyway" in connection with plans to expand the quarry. …