The Crossett City Council voted Monday to allow Mayor Scott McCormick sign off on a request from Georgia Pacific to have the U.S. Geological Survey change its maps to reflect what GP says is the accurate course of Coffee Creek.
GP Vice President of Manufacturing for Crossett Paper Operations Michael Hohnadel told the council that the USGS’s official maps show Coffee Creek — which he characterized as a drainage system — originating at the GP mill site.
While that may have been true at one time, he said, in the 1950s and 1960s, GP moved dirt and redirected Coffee Creek so that it flowed as a separate system from GP’s water treatment operations, and in some instances, what is shown in the map doesn’t exist because of how the area has been developed.
“It is underground, it is paved over and it is gone,” Hohnadel said.
In places where Coffee Creek is shown on the map to be running in GP’s drainage system, there is actually a levee separating the two bodies of water, he said.
“People ask if we are meeting our environmental permits, and we say, ‘Yes, we are,” Hohnadel said, but added that the maps don’t accurately reflect that.