*Editor’s Note: This opinion is in response to an Our View titled “Delays of sewer system entirely avoidable” published in the Friday, May 3 Lake Sun.
How quickly the Lake Sun Staff forgot about the 10,000 gallons of raw sewage that was discharged in the 2007 Lake Ozark debacle! Let us look for a win-win solution to an important community health issue.
Will the staff of the Lake Sun be willing to drink the first gallon of effluent discharge from the treatment plant?
There are many questions concerning the environmental impact study regarding Lick Branch Cove. And just how was the decision made on where to locate the plant after being rejected in Blue Spring Creek? The proposed treatment plant does not remove the many detergents, beauty products, and pharmaceuticals dumped into the system by households and businesses.
What happens if an accident occurs due to equipment failure? The area chosen to discharge the effluent should be in a more conspicuous place. The dark plume of raw sewage that leaked into our lake in 2007 was visually detected. The remote location and lack of water mass and movement in the back of Lick Branch Cove is not a reassuring safety measure. What is the plan if a problem occurs? Choosing a better location for discharge is not an unreasonable request.
Discharging into Coffman Beach, where there is a DNR presence and a large contingency of fisherman, would be more conspicuous. And with the larger body of water it would be a better safeguard if an accident occurred.
There are legitimate questions regarding the possibility of foul odors emanating from the plant.
What about the ultimate cost of the project and its proposed seven phases? The Rocky Mount Sewer District is reporting that they will use $3 million from a federal grant and borrow another million for the first phase. The first phase only services 260 homes or businesses out of a couple thousand in Rocky Mount. There is no guarantee that the money for the next six phases will be available. Does the boogeyman seem to be a little scarier now?
What was the vetting process in choosing an engineering company? Should the engineering company be the entity that is responsible for testing the effluent discharge? Shouldn't an independent body of objective scientists be the ones to test the environmental impact of the proposed treatment plant?
Is it more economical and just as safe if all the homeowners and businesses in Rocky Mount properly discharged and/or treated their waste in compliance with DNR regulations?
Page 2 of 2 - Do we really need to hook up all the businesses and homes including those off the lake into this system? Should we concentrate only on homes and businesses on the lake?
Why should the discharge go back into the lake anyway?
On the surface, a sewer district would seem to be a great advantage to our community, however it should be done properly and not in haste!
I hope that the Rocky Mount community will thoroughly investigate and question this proposed treatment plant and its discharge location, otherwise the future economic and environmental consequences may be haunting!
Hoping for a better smarter community.