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Clean Up Our Creeks Inc is a community awareness organization located in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area. We are geared to help educate and inform the general public on the importance of keeping our local creeks clean. Our creeks are the lifeblood to our rivers and lakes, keeping them pollutant free is a must for our future generation

Chuck Threadgill


A preventable problem

How Did E. Coli Get There?

The presence of E. coli in water is a strong indication of recent sewage or animal waste contamination. E. coli comes from human and animal waste. During rainfalls, snow melts, or other types of precipitation, E. coli may be washed into creeks, rivers, streams, lakes, or groundwater. Improperly installed sewage systems, poorly manage animal waste, and erosion can all attribute to contaminated water sources. State Statutes accommodate for E.Coli from natural sources. Excessive E.Coli levels are a strong indication of human contamination through improperly installed and/or malfunctioning sewage systems.

In Mr. Threadgill’s specific case, sewage effluent from neighboring septic systems are the suspected cause of E.Coli contamination. These septic systems were improperly installed, and do not adhere to the guidelines for proper dispersal of sewage effluent. Aerobic septic systems were installed with their spray heads dispersing sewage effluent directly in the creek that runs through Mr. Threadgill’s property.

There are many creeks just like one that runs through Mr. Threadgill’s property and these water ways present unique opportunities to be polluted being so close to rural homes and their waste systems. These small creeks and water ways feed our larger creeks, rivers and lakes. We must be vigilant in monitoring for water pollutants and taking appropriate measures to ensure a safe future for the next generation!

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E. coli O157:H7 is one of hundreds of strains of the bacterium E. coli. This particular strain creates a strong toxin and can cause severe illness. Infection can cause bloody diarrhea and abdominal pain/cramps. Often, there is no fever present with this infection.

In some people, particularly children under 5 years of age and the elderly, the infection can also cause a complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome, in which the red blood cells are destroyed and the kidneys fail. About 2%-7% of infections lead to this complication. In the United States, hemolytic uremic syndrome is the principal cause of acute kidney failure in children, and most cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome are caused by E. coli O157:H7. Hemolytic uremic syndrome is a life-threatening condition.

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