Study says Lake Erie is sewage dumping ground

More than 10 billion gallons of untreated raw sewage was dumped into Lake Erie from 38 communities across the water basin in 2005, according to a report from an environmental group Wednesday morning.

"Ten billion gallons of sewage floating into Lake Erie is equivalent to three billion toilets flushing into the lake," said Amy Gomberg, a spokeswoman for Environment Ohio, a nonprofit group that presented the sewage study during a Statehouse news conference. "Sewage contamination poses an environmental threat to Lake Erie and a health threat to the millions who swim, boat and fish in it each year."

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...this report is pretty complimentary toward Toledo.

If you'd like a listing (by month) of locations of the city's overflow into the lake, try here:

It troubles me that there is any sewage overflow to the lake whatsoeever. After all, it is the lake that will save us.

"After all, it is the lake that will save us."

If WE don't KILL IT FIRST... :-(

But then, we silly Merkins think nothing of drinking, fishing and swimming in our toilets, do we?

Short-sighted till the very end. . .

Hooda Thunkit

...I agree about the health of the Lake, living on its shore and all...but Toledo has taken the proper steps and we're paying for it through our water/sewer bills.

Actually, in the late '80s, early '90s, Toledo was the only city with a plan to address the Combined Sewer Overflows. When money was made available from the Feds to the states, Toledo got a significant portion of Ohio's allocation because we had a plan and could quickly implement it. With that money, Toledo built 'holding tanks' for the CSOs - during a really heavy rain, when the WWTP couldn't handle the inflow, the flow was diverted to these tanks and held there until later on when the rain stopped and the runoff could be treated. Unfortunately, our need was greater than our funds and there are still portions of the city that don't have such holding areas.

Hopefully, the agreement with the EPA and the money we're paying will reduce our pollution contribution...

If you've driven by Bay View WWTP lately, you'll see the new equalization basin. It can hold 25 million gallons of sewage in an over flow condition. This will virtually eliminate all our discharges into the Maumee.

Maggie, correct me if I wrong. But I thought through all the Federal NPDES and CWA regs that Metros (just like businesss) have a stronger focus on stormwater run-off and that each etitity must separte sanitary from storm to prevent these overflows. Big Bucks!

Tanks don't meet the regs.

Beep Beep!

...the holding tanks were done in the late 80s/early 90s...don't know if they conformed with NPDES at that time or if the NPDES and CWA regs are new...

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