Plan to Protect Ohio Drainage Area
Declaring that discharge of waste water from the by-product coke industry, containing phenol and other tar acids, has become a serious menace to public water supplies, a resolution has been adopted at a meeting at Washington, of health authorities from twelve states affected by this pollution. Plans have been laid for a permanent organization embracing West Virginia. Ohio, Indiana, Illinois. Kentucky. Tennessee. New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. Dr. John K. Monger, Ohio State director of health was elected chairman of the committee formed to carry out the organization and plans, and Ellis S. Tisdale, director of the division of sanitary engineering of West Virginia health department was appointed secretary.
The watershed involved covers about 210,000 square miles with its northern limit lying about 40 miles south of Buffalo, N. Y.; extending on the east to within 225 miles of the Atlantic, and reaching southward within .300 miles of the Gulf of Mexico. This area includes the major soft coal producing territory of the United States.