Skull Creek to get new life

By Hailey Branson-Potts, Staff Writer Published: October 10, 2010
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photo - Melvin Morris Jr. stands beside the creek that he played in as a kid, which was run off water from a superfund site. Clean up is taking place on the superfund site in Cushing, Okla onTuesday June 22, 2009. Photo by Mitchell Alcala, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
Melvin Morris Jr. stands beside the creek that he played in as a kid, which was run off water from a superfund site. Clean up is taking place on the superfund site in Cushing, Okla onTuesday June 22, 2009. Photo by Mitchell Alcala, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

/> Only water that has been tested and filtered will be discharged into Skull Creek, which often sits dry.

“We know the water we are putting in is clean,” said Byron Starns, the project coordinator for the site and an attorney for Land O'Lakes, which owns the property.

Melvin Morris Jr. sat in his parents' living room, where the walls are covered with family photos, and smiled at the thoughts of growing up near the creek.

The younger Morris and other neighborhood kids would catch crawfish out of it and stick their feet in it.

“That creek had a lot of memories for a lot of neighborhood kids who just didn't know the dangers that were flowing through it,” the younger Morris said.

He still remembers the shock of finding out what was in the water in Skull Creek he played in as a child.

“Even though the water looks cleaner, I wouldn't allow my kids to play in it still,” he said.


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