Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Please help save parks from pollution

Monday, June 2, 2008

This letter is in response to the many donations Roaring River Parks Alliance (RRPA) has received. We appreciate the concerned citizens who also consider "clean water" a high priority.

Following are some excerpts from the letters that were enclosed with the donations:

"Keep up the good work. I'm tired of watching the Ozarks being polluted and the DNR (Missouri Department of Natural Resources) helping."

"As a person who raised our children and grandchildren -- teaching them to fish at Roaring River State Park, I am certainly glad to see your organization taking up the fight against the DNR and their callous disregard for our parks."

"Enclosed is my check toward your endeavors in eradication of the CAFO (Concentration Animal Feeding Operation) which will be polluting Roaring River and other tributaries in the area. Until I took a Master Naturalist course last year, I wasn't that educated in the amount of damage and pollution any such CAFO would cause."

Recently, RRPA has been approved as a non-profit organization with a 501(c)(3) status that allows the contributions given to be tax-deductible. Our mission statement is "to preserve, defend and protect Missouri's historical sites, state parks and natural resources."

At the present time, we are taking water samples for LMVP (Lake Missouri Volunteer Program) and we are forming a stream team. If you have questions or would like information about the organization - please call (417) 271-4075 or 271-3180.

Our website is rrpa.info and our address is Roaring River Parks Alliance, P. O. Box 214, Eagle Rock, MO 65641.

Sharon Riedel

Roaring River

Parks Alliance