SEWERING LAKESHORE DRIVE WILL NOT SAVE THE BAY
The town’s proposed Lakeshore Drive sewer project addresses one part only of pollution in Malletts Bay. In fact, the town’s own 2012 “Microbial Source Tracking Study” casts a deep shadow on the capability of a sewer to significantly “remove human waste bacteria from the bay.”
In identifying sources of fecal contamination in the bay, the study states: fecal indicator bacteria originating directly from human activities comprised 8.5 percent of all identified sources.
The other 93 percent, which will not be reduced by a sewer, come from wildlife, water fowl, contaminated runoffs, and manure leaching into creeks flowing into inner Malletts Bay.
Rather than spending a large sum of money on one small aspect of the problem, we should use our finite resources to systemically address non-point (other than a sewer) source pollution, overdevelopment, and human activity in Malletts Bay. A multi-pronged attack on all sources of pollution should be our highest priority.
Jack T. Scully