Failing Treatment Plants Threaten CT Coast
March 29, 2011
The Connecticut Post: Beach closings and shellfishing bans could become as common as cookouts this summer, environmentalists warn, because of aging and failing sewage treatment plants.
Bridgeport, Shelton and Norwalk are under consent decrees or court orders to reduce the amount of raw or partially-treated sewage discharged into waterways—known as bypass—but repairs and upgrades will cost millions and take years to complete. Stamford, Danbury and Greenwich also have enforcement actions against them for befouling waterways with sewage. With repairs going slowly, this mean that in particularly rainy years, more raw or partially treated sewage is entering the Long Island Sound and other waterways.
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