September 17, 2012
One UVa graduate student is bringing the community together to clean one of Louisa County's most polluted creeks. In this week's Stephanie's Heroes, cbs19's Stephanie Satchell is featuring Asa Eslocker. He was recently awarded a five thousand dollar grant to raise awareness and improve conditions at Contrary Creek.
Contrary Creek is located just minutes from the town of Mineral just off route 522.
“We're in a destroyed landscape. This was destroyed by mining at the turn of the century, “said Asa Eslocker, UVa Graduate Student.
The creek is rusty and not much can survive in the water.
That's why Asa Eslocker, who's studying landscape architecture at UVa came up with the idea to create and destroy a limestone structure in the creek.
The water has a high level of acidity and Eslocker says limestone will help to neutralize it.
“I wanted to put limestone into the water to help heal the landscape, but also to bring people here with the sculpture,” said Eslocker.
In late August Eslocker and many volunteers created a 10 foot spiral structure.
They also hosted a big commemoration celebration with food and music before knocking it over sending several stones into the creek.
“The hope is that by raising this social awareness, by raising these issues that still plague our streams and creeks throughout the state and country that we build up some education and some awareness to ideally work towards a better environmental future,” said Eslocker.
Eslocker says the project is already working after just a couple of weeks.
“You can see the remediation taking place because the stones have essentially collected this rust or this bright orange pollution on them,” said Eslocker.
In addition to the structure landing in the creek, Eslocker also encouraged folks at the celebration to throw in smaller pieces of limestone kind of like a wishing well.
He's hoping that all of those wishes and prayers for a better environment will eventually come true.