Friday, May 5, 2017

“Going to government meetings doesn’t do anything. Politicians never listen.”

Try telling that to the citizens in Pahokee, Belle Glade, South Bay. . .
Another reservoir may or may not be built to “Send The Water South!”, but the project now will have much less impact on cities in Palm Beach County. Why? Because the public showed up and “spoke their mind”.

But there remains a looming question:

JP Sasser, the former mayor of Pahokee and a frequent contributor to The Palm Beach Post, asks: “When are we going to get serious about our water?” and septic tanks along the Indian River Lagoon (IRL)?

“The final point was that the cities of Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay pumped our raw sewage into the lake. We have had modern centralized sewer systems for over 40 years.
     The Treasure Coast needs to look in the mirror. Some waters in Florida are polluted with human fecal matter — particularly the IRL.
     “Buy the land and send water south” is not the only road to water salvation.
     My question is: When are we going to get serious about our water? Florida’s agriculture-industry pollution is regulated statewide and has to meet specific limits. Our septic tanks are not held to the same requirements.”

Datelined May 4th is this from ABC News (originally an AP news story); an excerpt:

“It [IRL] has also been fouled by wastewater treatment plants that discharge into the lagoon, sewage spills from the plants during heavy rains, and leaky septic tanks.” [emphasis added]

Myth vs. FACT:
For more facts from the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) use this link.

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