Opinion: Lawmakers must step up to protect Memphis Sand Aquifer

By , Guest Columnist Updated: February 14, 2021 4:00 AM CT | Published: February 14, 2021 4:00 AM CT
Jim Kovarik
Guest Columnist

Jim Kovarik

Jim Kovarik, director of Protect Our Aquifer, has lived in Memphis 40 years, working with dozens of nonprofits as a grant writer and teaching professional writing at the University of Memphis. He was a Workforce Investment Network (WIN) manager under former Mayor AC Wharton. 


The state granted the oil pipeline a permit. The Army Corps of Engineers approved a fast-track permit for the project. And here’s the detail that astounds: Neither the state nor the feds consider groundwater or the aquifer.


Memphis Sand aquifer Byhalia Pipeline Jim Kovarik

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