Steps to a cleaner Lake Erie

"Fourteen months after completion of a $48 million
addition to the city's wastewater-treatment system, Toledo's Bay View
treatment plant no longer dumps raw sewage into the Maumee River.

Although untreated sewage continues to flow through combined sewer
outfalls located along the Maumee and Ottawa rivers during heavy rains
each year, the raw sewage that once routinely overwhelmed the water
treatment plant on North Summit Street is under control.
"We have not had a single untreated bypass since we put this in," said
Robert Williams, the newly retired director of the Public Utilities
Department, which oversaw the project.

The new facility - known both as the "wet-weather" and
"ballasted-flocculation" facility - is the signature project so far of
the $450 million, 15-year commitment the city made when it signed a
consent decree with the U.S. Justice Department in 2002 to end an
11-year lawsuit."

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Sounds like a step in the right direction to me, I can't see where a cleaner Lake Erie could be anything but good.

The City has spent about $200 million so far of the proposed $450 million (another $100 million at Bay View & $50 million elsewhere, especially Point Place). Another chunk will go into South Toledo near I-75. I recommend Tom Troy's whole article & thank our lucky stars we have a sizeable sink while Indianapolis will spend way above a $billion into their river.

Check out Maumee Bay / Western Lake Erie Waterkeepers at We meet again next Thur., 7pm, UT Lake Erie Environmental Center.


Emergence of a new algae in Lake Erie - Lyngbya wollei. An invasive via Florida on boats in it's second plus year here. We'd hoped it would freeze to death last winter. The Bayshore Edison plant keeps quite a warm reservoir.

Check out Tuesday's NPR Great Lakes Environmental Report at about it's local impact.


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