January 2, 2002
The following letter is from Robert Hayes, P.E., a resident of Wynnefield, which is a neighborhood in Overland Park right across from the Wal-Mart Supercenter site proposed for 159th and Metcalf. Mr. Hayes wrote this letter to the Corp of Engineers about his concerns regarding underground springs. If you have concerns or addiitional information about any aspect of water quality, flooding, silting, pollution, preservation of streams and wetlands, etc. downstream of the proposed Wal-Mart site, feel free to send an email to Douglas Berka, Army Corps of Engineers, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The email will be directed to Mr. Berka, the EPA, Rep. Ray Merrick, the Cities of Overland Park and Leawood, and other government agencies who can provide input to the decision about this property.
"Re: Proposed Super Wal-Mart at Metcalf and 159 St, Overland Park,
I believe there may be more of a water problem than meets the eye at the referenced site. I live at Metcalf & 157 St. In the spring and summer my sump pump cycles 30-60 times/hour, even when it is not raining. Richard Mather, who developed this area told me the reason for this unusual amount of pumping is due to underground springs in the area.
I have installed an emergency backup pumping system because of this problem. I notice other sump pumps in the area discharging water frequently too.
Please give this matter special attention. I would be pleased to discuss this matter with you at any time.
Robert Hays, PE
Overland Park, KS 66223"