Oklahoma officials honor Arkansas city for anti-pollution efforts

Thursday, January 26th 2006, 10:44 am
By: News On 6

ROGERS, Ark. (AP) -- State officials in Oklahoma are praising the efforts of a northwest Arkansas city to reduce phosphorus from its sewage-treatment plant.

The phosphorus that runs from streams into the Illinois River in Oklahoma is the subject of a lawsuit by the Oklahoma attorney general against several poultry companies.

But Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission director Ed Fite is praising the city of Rogers, Arkansas, for cutting the amount of phosphorus and has given the city's mayor with a letter of commendation.

Phosphorus can cause water to develop a foul odor and taste and causes the growth of algae, which can kill aquatic life in streams and rivers.