Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Let’s talk about a “national embarrassment”.

The 21st Century in the State of Florida and septic tanks are still fowling the treasured Indian River Lagoon (IRL):

“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]
Quote from Associated Press article by reporters Jason Dearen and Mike Schneider, datelined May 4th.

Datelined July 10th: “NPR’s Greg Allen has this report from Rockledge, Fla.”

Use this link to “Play Audio” and read the entire transcript from the radio segment; an excerpt:

“ALLEN [NPR reporter Greg Allen]: In Florida, alarmed by what’s happening in the lagoon, many communities are beginning to take action. In the town of Rockledge just across the lagoon from Cape Canaveral, work crews are taking nearly 140 homes in an aging subdivision off of their septic systems and connecting them to the town’s sewage treatment plant.”

About Greg Allen:

As NPR’s Miami correspondent, Greg Allen reports on the diverse issues and developments tied to the Southeast. He covers everything from breaking news to economic and political stories to arts and human interest features. He moved into this role in 2006, after four years as NPR’s Midwest correspondent.