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Erin Brockovich sends her chief environmental investigator to St. John Parish

St. John Parish water plant where low chlorine levels were discovered. (FOX 8 Photo) St. John Parish water plant where low chlorine levels were discovered. (FOX 8 Photo)
DHH said while the water remains safe for consumption, there is a risk if the amoeba enters the nasal passage.(Source: DHH) DHH said while the water remains safe for consumption, there is a risk if the amoeba enters the nasal passage.(Source: DHH)
LAPLACE, LA (WVUE) -

Erin Brockovich, a legal clerk and environmental activist, is sending her chief environmental investigator to St. John Parish on Tuesday.

Debbie Stricks, of LaPlace, said she emailed Brockovich last Thursday hoping for help and searching for answers about St. John's water issues.

"I sent it out hoping that I could get in touch with her, but not expecting it to be this fast," said Stricks.

Stricks said she received a call the very next morning from Chief Environmental Investigator Bob Bowcock.

"He is very clear that we are in this to make some positive constructive change, and that's our purpose," said Stricks.

According to her website, Brockovich is currently involved in water issues across the country.

One of her most recent tweets says, "drought in California contamination in Toledo - sooner or later we will all be touched by a water crisis if we don't change our policies."

Stricks said the ongoing issues with St. John's water system confuses many residents, and she hopes Brockovich's environmental investigator can help clarify.

"When I was speaking to Bob this morning, he was telling me about possible ways this could be prevented, and he gave me hope that we could come to a permanent solution," said Stricks.

Brockovich posted this notice on her Facebook page on Friday:

"Tuesday, September 9th I am sending Bob Bowcock my chief environmental investigator to St. John the Baptist Parish Community to conduct a Town Hall meeting about Safe Drinking Water, Chlorine Burnouts and the Naegleria fowleri Amoeba emergency. This meeting is before the Parish Council Meeting.

Everyone is welcome to come and share your concerns and get clear and honest answers to your questions. Bob is coming to help the Parish move in a forward and positive direction ... with your help. Bob is a national Drinking Water Expert and will help you understand what options you as a community have.

Erin Brockovich Water Quality Town Hall Meeting

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Turn Arounds Tap Room & Grill, 1107 East Airline Highway, LaPlace, Louisiana

St. John the Baptist Parish Council meeting 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

Joel McTopy Chambers, 1801 West Airline Highway, LaPlace, Louisiana

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