In the early 1990s the U.S. Army discovered hazardous chemicals dumped at Fort Gillem seeping into residential wells in neighboring Forest Park. The finding prompted the military to pass out bottled water and convert many residents to a county water system from their private wells.
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After receiving a tip that efforts to control contamination at Fort Gillem were failing, reporters Katie Leslie and Shannon McCaffrey dug into state and military environmental records detailing the scope of the problem. In doing so, they uncovered the delicate relationship between state, military and development officials. Leslie and photographer Bob Andres made numerous trips to Fort Gillem to speak with residents about their contamination concerns.