Take a walk in Sugar Creek and you’ll find the Courtney Ridge landfill. Head out of the city a little ways and you’ll be at an Independence water treatment plant.
Count Lynn Pierce of Independence among those who are apprehensive about seeing these facilities near each other.
“It seems pretty obvious to me having a landfill overlooking a water treatment plant is not a brilliant idea to begin with,” she said.
She wants to know if the ground — rock, soil, water table — between the two facilities is checked. Regularly?The answer
Looks like the Watchdog isn’t the only one keeping an eye on things. The landfill and water treatment plant, which are about a mile from each other, are under watch from a couple sets of eyes.
The United States Geological Survey does routine testing of the area, said Karen Kelley, production manager of water services in Independence. Plus, Sugar Creek checks on its landfill quarterly and passes the results on to Independence.
“They would have noticed if anything was approaching the well fill by now,” she said.
According to articles from The Star, Independence initially wasn’t on board with the project, which dates to the 1990s, but Kelley said the city has no current issues with the landfill.
Sugar Creek, which also gets its water from Independence, took extra precautionary measures when the landfill was created, said City Administrator Ron Martinovich.
This landfill has a double liner system, which allows for extra monitoring between the layers. When it was built, he said, it was the only landfill in the state to have this added leakage prevention.
“All of that was put in place just in order to guarantee against any kind of problem,” Martinovich said.
The Watchdog says that of all the places to sniff, you can’t beat a landfill.