Arkansas's contribution to pollution in Oklahoma gets feature attention today in Wash. Post. as part of a story about lawsuits filed over pollution arising outside the jurisdiction where it occurs.
Every time the rain comes down, muddy water laden with phosphorus, arsenic and other contaminants flows into the Illinois River from chicken farms nearby and just across the border in Arkansas.
The inflow of nutrients has begun to change the river and the reservoir it feeds, Tenkiller Ferry Lake. At times the water is clogged with fish-killing algae, occasionally emitting a foul odor that affects the drinking water and undercuts the area's attraction as a tourist destination.