Hawaiians fed up about sewage dumping into their environment

18 August 2012

Residents of Hawaii’s Maui County have had enough of poorly-treated sewage being dumped into underground wells – and the effects that this bizarre practice are likely to be having on the nearby marine environment.  They have sought a court action to require the responsible authority to have to comply with pollution limits.  Of course the local authority tried to have this dismissed (isn’t it amazing how, around the world, publicly-elected representative bodies try to act so negatively for short-term economic gain, at so much risk to everyone’s future – but, you get what you vote for!).

Luckily the court dismissed the action and the civil action groups will get their day in court!

This week has seen the press headlines dominated by the news about lake pollution and algal levels in Canada.  Very big story in that part of the world and so it should be.  Not like they can say they didn’t see it coming!  As the temperatures in North America continue to climb and the drought worsens, so more and more reports of algal blooms are cropping up:

In New York, four recreational inland beaches have been closed since the beginning of the month, these being Lakewood Village Beach at Richard O. Hartley Park, the beach at Lakeside Park in Mayville and Chautauqua Institution’s Children’s beach and Pier beach at the College Club. Lakewood Village Beach has been reopened, but the other three remain closed.  There is also a bloom in Black Lake in St Lawrence County.

In Rhode Island, Sisson Pond joins a list that also includes Bailey Brook, Easton Pond North and South, Gardiner and Paradise Ponds, all in Middletown; St. Mary’s Pond in Portsmouth; Watson Pond in Little Compton and Mashapaug Pond – Providence.

When the US gets hot and dry, conditions in Texas seem to be at the upper (worst) end of the scale (this time last year it was the golden algae blooms).  Four lakes have had warnings so far this season, with Dexter Lake being the most recent.

The Canadian problems seem to be the worst in Alberta, which has some stunningly beautiful lakes now at risk of becoming a lot less stunning.  Moose Lake, which I visited in the mid-90s, is showing signs of faecal pollution and an increase in noxious algae.


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