Damage to Owen Co. stream concerns writer

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I read with great interest the letter by Dr. Dwight Wallace concerning the damage that is being done to Mill Creek in Owen County by Horseshoe Bend Motor Sports. This truly concerns me, because my husband and I also own property that has creeks on it.

We also have experienced in past years individuals running in our creeks with four-wheel ATVs, cutting our fences, trespassing and destroying our property.

As you may know, all blue-line creeks and streams are protected not only in the state of Kentucky, but also by federal mandate. You cannot, in any way, desecrate, contaminate, change the course, erode the banks, or do damage to the flora/fauna. Nothing can be done to our natural streams/creeks with the exception of what “Mother Nature” may do.

I have seen the photos Dr. Wallace has taken of what has happened to Mill Creek at the back of his property. I also have seen Horseshoe Bend’s photos that are on Facebook.

I know that Dr. Wallace has filed a complaint regarding this activity to the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection Division of Water, and Inspector Jeffrey Malsi has seen the damage first hand from Dr. Wallace’s side of the creek.

I am grateful for the opportunity to address this very serious problem and let those that have farms and are having this problem know you do have legal recourse by reporting it to the Division of Water – either in Florence or Frankfort.

Often we forget that we share planet Earth with living creatures that cannot speak for themselves and depend on us humans to do the right thing. I hope those who own property anywhere in the state of Kentucky find this information useful, and together we can stop this senseless act of destruction that is happening to our creeks and streams.


Katie Gibson

Sparta, Ky.