Practice proper disposal of wastes
Illegal dumping at Goodwin Pit, also known as Lancaster Sink. DNR photo by Jim Vandike.
There are numerous reasons to recycle materials and properly dispose of wastes and keeping trash out of our rivers and streams is certainly one. However making the connection between putting trash in a sinkhole and impacting the water quality of a special resource that many Missourians enjoy is not one that easily comes to mind. Enter Goodwin Pit.
Illegal Dumping at Goodwin Pit, also known as Lancaster Sink. DNR photo by Sherri Stoner
Goodwin Pit, also known as Lanscaster Sink and located in Laclede County, has been used as an illicit dumping site for more than 50 years. The subject of a groundwater investigation by the Division of Geology and Land Survey, water traces using non-toxic fluorescent dye, have shown that the surface water that seeps through the trash in the sink emerges at Ha Ha Tonka Spring, flowing into Lake of the Ozarks.
Recently, the Missouri Caves and Karst Conservancy (MCKC) has made great strides in cleaning up Goodwin Pit. MCKC, working with other groups and volunteers have collected 25,860 lbs. of trash, 7.38+ tons of tires and 2500+ lbs. of metal, which was picked up for recycling, since the beginning of the project. The site is starting to look much better, but a good deal of work remains. This effort to clean up Goodwin Pit improves not only the landscape but will greatly improve the water quality of the karst system as well.
Cleanup is ongoing, thanks to the Missouri Caves & Karst Conservancy. Missouri Caves & Karst Conservancy photo.
Learn more about MCKC and see more photos. Upcoming workdays at Goodwin Pit are Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 and Saturday and Sunday, Nov, 3 and 4, 2012.