Environmental agency offices pollute creek; Missouri farming couple has their own 'bale out'

Environmental agency pollutes creek

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Washington state environmental regulators say they've finally found the source of pollution that has been fouling a creek near Vancouver Lake: the agency's own sewer pipes.

City workers have discovered that an office building's sewer line was mistakenly connected to a storm drain, rather than the municipal sewer main.

The 1970s-vintage building houses Washington state Department of Ecology regional offices, as well as those of the Department of Fish and Game and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Sewage from the building has been making its way into Burnt Bridge Creek and eventually into the lake. Jay Manning, the environmental agency's director, says the discovery was "embarrassing and upsetting."

The building owner is paying for repairs.

Farming couple has own 'bale out'

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — A northeast Missouri farming couple knows the government won't be giving them a bailout like so many big companies are getting, so they issued their own.

Dennis and Janet Garlock (GAHR'-lahk) of rural Adair County have placed a large hay bale at the end of their driveway with a sign proclaiming: "I got my bale out!"

The stunt has their neighbors talking and a lot of heads turning.

Some of the Amish in the area apparently are confused by the sign. One inquired whether the sign means the bale is for sale.

— The Associated Press