Thursday, August 04, 2005

Bad News from Estuaries & Coastal Waters All Over

There was a big sewage spill in Lynn, Massachusetts, the other day and public officials were outraged:

At a recent City Council meeting, Councilor at Large George V. Colella called the incident ''unacceptable" and demanded that a special meeting be held to receive updates from officials in Lynn, the state departments of Conservation and Recreation and Environmental Protection, and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, which operates the broken sewer line.

Contrast his attitude with that of officials in New Haven and Connecticut back in April when a New Haven treatment plant spilled 12 million gallons of sewage into the Sound.

Outrage? No way. Concern? Nope. Worry? Not a bit.

They thought it was no big deal! And I guess the big investigation into the spill, by DEP and the Attorney General, is still continuing. It’s been going on for at least 95 days by now.

Meanwhile, to the south, 6.7 percent of the main section of Chesapeake Bay had dissolved oxygen concentrations of 0.2 milligrams per liter or less last month. Not surprisingly, Larry Simns, president of the Chesapeake Bay Waterman’s Association, was not happy:

“We need someone to do something about it," Simns said. "Everybody knows the source of the problems. No one wants to do anything about it because it costs too much money.”


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