Outfall issue festering
Recently the BVSC applied for and was granted permission by the EPA to pump excess treated water from the STP into the bay. Many ocean users would have noticed the impact on sea water quality, especially after a prolonged period of very clean oceans due to little or no releases from the STP.
The BVSC stated that they were concerned about the discharge getting into Merimbula Lake and the possible impacts on oysters. My question to the EPA is, if it was unsuitable to flow into the lake why is it okay to expose ocean users to this treated effluent?
This situation has been happening for years and although the proposed ocean outfall has been touted as the panacea to the problem, why does the EPA not ensure that the treatment is raised to a level where the water is clean enough and safe enough to go anywhere. After all, warning beach users not to go near the discharge is a pretty poor excuse for having let this situation fester for years.
While the cost of an outfall pipe will be upwards of $30 million, the upgraded treatment would be a fraction of that. It should have been done long ago.
Stephen Kambouridis, SWAMP, Millingandi
Matter of urgency
It is now well and truly the time to look at clearing large amounts of bush. The scrub fuels the fires. This can be done in a sensitive fashion, giving due regard to the wildlife. Many lives, both human and native would be protected if this is done. I agree with the longer term goal concerning the change in climate but something must be done now. It is now a matter of urgency.
Malcolm Halliday, Wallaga Lake
What prevention is planned?
Eight months ago we stood on the brink as our neighbours saw their life's work and dreams disappear before their very eyes. Many are scarred for life as a result. These were disasters greater than any of us who escaped may imagine. For the likes of me, left unscathed thanks to the care of many others, caused thoughts to drift towards the old adage "there but for you go I".
To those firies, other essential service workers and the volunteers, another cheer is well in order. I drew comfort with the feeling that lessons learned should stand us in good stead for the future.
We have been told that we can expect the fire season to contract to August (now) at the beginning and extend further at the other end. And there's plenty of bush to burn in the town itself and its surrounds. You have no need to walk more than 100 meters past the great new whale mural to find scary situations.
So you can see my dilemma. I know the bushfire crew has done some burning, but would not be surprised to find them constrained by those higher up to extend their efforts
Is anything going to happen to reduce the hazard pre-summer 2020/21? How can the authorities appear to allow this situation to continue into the summer months? Has anyone with the required expertise actually walked the area? Or even sponsored a visit from the over-relied upon drone?
I would be happy to be shown that my concern is unfounded. I know the same is shared with many other oldies. They would share my joy.
The time is ticking for burning, but that, of course, isn't the only course available.
Jack Dickenson, Eden
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