Sunday, January 21, 2007

We Need Clean Water Money for Nitrogen Removal AND for Fixing Old Sewers

Curt Johnson of Connecticut Fund for the Environment makes the point in the New London Day that while nitrogen removal is important for Long Island Sound, there’s another reason Connecticut needs to put lots of money into its Clean Water Fund:

Few people realize that every year well over 1 billion gallons of raw sewage overflows from our sewers into the Connecticut River. We only notice when it backs up into our basements, and beaches, and when oyster beds are closed because of health threats from pathogens, or we find out we can't swim or fish in many streams, rivers and lakes in the watershed.

New Haven, Bridgeport and Norwalk harbors continue to suffer from an additional billion-gallon onslaught of raw sewage each year. The whole of Long Island Sound, and everyone who would like to use it, suffer.



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