Contaminated groundwater seeping into the Trinity River from this spot needs costly fix
It’s been nearly a year since environmental consultants provided the city with a report on the long-known issue of groundwater contamination seeping into the Trinity River at the south end of its Brennan Avenue Service Center, but fixing the issue is not likely to happen anytime soon.
This bill will be on top of the money city has already spent to remove contaminated soil and leaking oil storage tanks on its property since the 1990s.
City staff continues to work with consultants on a possible solution, one that could involve the placement of a filtration barrier that would clean the water, contaminated with benzene and arsenic, before it goes into the river just north of downtown.
Cancer causing contaminates The cancer-causing contaminates apparently are not all coming from the city’s property, but are believed to also be seeping in the groundwater from adjacent and nearby properties that over years housed tank farms for oil refineries and other industries, some that date to the early 1900s.
Groundwater, which takes years to seep through soil, flows through the city’s property in that area to reach the Trinity River.
“We do see historical use of petroleum products in that area.
Groundwater is still seeping from the other side.
The consultants suggested that barriers also be placed in spots to prevent the groundwater from seeping to the city’s property.
“Overall our goal is to limit the groundwater that is impacted with the benzene and arsenic from entering into the surface water of the Trinity River,” said Roger Grantham, Fort Worth’s environmental supervisor.
(Video by Max Faulkner/Star-Telegram) Saturday tubing and music on the Trinity People float in the Trinity River while enjoying the music of the Wayne Garner Band at Rockin’ the River live on the Trinity River in Fort Worth, TX, Saturday, July 1, 2017.