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WHY is It called BadwaterJournal ?

This blog originally focused on water pollution caused by sewer overflows. See some related pages HERE and HERE

I used the simple language ‘bad water’ to dispense with the hyper-technical terms that scientists use to describe the characteristics of bad water, such as ‘total dissolved solids’ or ‘fecal coliform colonies per mili-liter’. The intent was to inform with photographs taken along the streams in Jefferson County Kentucky USA about the problems of sewer overflows caused by unchecked development and undercapacity infrastructure. Typical residents needed to know more about the local streams where children wade. 

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Bud Hixson,

Badwater Journal

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Louisville, KY 40204

Fundamental insights in American history provide a framework for

understanding the present

“What does raceism have to do with it?”

‘Is Healing Possible Quorum‘ needs to ask the right questions


American Slaves Inc.

Mock Trial Courthouse

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Historic Portland Wharf:


social asset

left to ruin


Dying of Cars:

Particulate emissions are source of ambient concentrations of



Mass Psychology of Racism:

Social and cultural collective unconscious


Children in bacteria laden

waters at Big Rock in

Cherokee Park

Louisville, KY

Strange Days on Ohio River

Fish tissue mercury and Dieldrin


Bridges Timelines

CART lawsuit



Highway to


Transportation Policy and climate change


Bridges Boondoggle



Industrial Complex

Wants billions more for polluting highways



Trolley in


How sustainable life could be!



IOAP Two  UPDATED           HERE                Obama Highway Policy          HERE

Tire Wear Tokyo                     HERE                Transportation Emissions     HERE

CSO Ordinance                       HERE                Particulate                               HERE

Wet Weather                           HERE                Air Monitoring                         HERE                 Sensored City   HERE

Smart Barrels                         HERE               Airport Ultrafine                      HERE

Road Salt                                HERE                Air Pollution Louisville           HERE

Can Democratic Government Survive in 2015 ?   HERE

URBAN Surface

Graffiti and Coverup Art enrich neighborhood exploration

Smut, filth, profanity, anti-social, criminal mischief and misdemeanor violation--thats what graffiti spray painted on Louisville’s exterior surfaces is--to the dominant culture. That dominant culture has for too many decades been guided and informed by white racist impulses. And the edifice of culture extruded by the ‘owners of everything’ produces exclusive licenses and labels that draw lines around property--public and private--lines that privilege the owners and exclude the rest.  Those lines criminalize the poor person that dares to cross.

Enter the young artist, with his green army tote sack stuffed with spray paint. Acrobatic, subversive, nocturnal, young, and bursting with the need to mark his urban canyon environment, he lurks in the shadows, penetrates the forbidden spaces and then leaves his message. In the morning, curses-- as the building owner or manager finds garish nouns or verbs, six feet tall, with spectacular highlights, drop shadows and cartoon imps running for yards down his property.

Too avoid being cited by the ravenous building code inspectors, the property owner must get his own paint out and roller under the rude marks. Both graffiti artist and coverup artist are producing a rich canvas across the city.

An amazing gallery is viewable in the concrete channelized portion of the South Fork of Beargrass Creek. The concrete channel begins at Eastern Parkway near Poplar Level Road and runs all the way to the JBS pork plant at East Main Street in Buthchertown. This area is a heavy use area for the urban artists and markings can be found on buildings, walls, and major equipment like tanks and railroad cars from below ground level to multi-story heights.

The sheer energy and gallons of paint involved is staggering. The creativity and individual talent is impressive in some works--less so in others. But thats an aspect of the subversive nature. No license or permission required, no entrance examination or degree necessary--the thrill of violation and the adamant claim to the environment consults neither law not good taste as defined by others.

And in a surprising echo, the hastily rollered coverups, using odd ends of left over interior latex, produce a rich weathered texture in blocks of color that mimic art found in the galleries on Market Street. 

In Memorium

On February 20, 2015, one of Louisville’s many homeless  men women and children, Kenneth Winfield, died of exposure in the snow and ice near the steps of the St. John Center -a shelter.

Hear it at:


by Bob Dylan

As I was out walking on a corner one day
I spied an old hobo, in a doorway he lay
His face was all grounded in the cold sidewalk floor
And I guess he’d been there for the whole night or more

Only a hobo, but one more is gone
Leavin’ nobody to sing his sad song
Leavin’ nobody to carry him home
Only a hobo, but one more is gone

A blanket of newspaper covered his head
As the curb was his pillow, the street was his bed
One look at his face showed the hard road he’d come
And a fistful of coins showed the money he bummed

Only a hobo, but one more is gone
Leavin’ nobody to sing his sad song
Leavin’ nobody to carry him home
Only a hobo, but one more is gone

Does it take much of a man to see his whole life go down
To look up on the world from a hole in the ground
To wait for your future like a horse that’s gone lame
To lie in the gutter and die with no name?

Only a hobo, but one more is gone
Leavin’ nobody to sing his sad song
Leavin’ nobody to carry him home
Only a hobo, but one more is gone

Copyright © 1963, 1968 by Warner Bros. Inc.; renewed 1991, 1996 by Special Rider Music

View down the South Fork from Swan Street bridge.

Visible off Main Street. A frontal assault on decorum worships money.

Post apocalyptic living room--a watchtower on the South Fork Gallery of Beargrass Creek.

Rude, comic and colorful--this reality is adolescent controlled.

In the forbidden zone near Payne and Lexington Road above the Middle Fork of Beargrass Creek, the ‘the Walls’  attract multiple artists and should give a clue to Metro government how this creativity could be made into a collaboration.

MSD’s Salt River Regional study strikes at remaining green rural areas


The South Fork channel in heavy

storm runoff March 10, 2015