REGISTER VIEWPOINT: Work goes to waste when Bay full of waste

Take a dip in Sandusky Bay lately? Maybe you should go to a neighbor's pool instead. At least there are chemicals in there to
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

Take a dip in Sandusky Bay lately?

Maybe you should go to a neighbor's pool instead. At least there are chemicals in there to kill anything little Johnny or Suzie may have left behind to avoid a trip to the bathroom.

Whenever it rains around here, it seems as though the city must make a deposit of its own into the Bay.

When is enough, enough? Pumping raw sewage into Sandusky Bay has gone on, as far as we know, forever.

Sewage may not be the worst stuff that's been pumped into the bay, considering what may or may not have been dumped in there, whether on purpose or inadvertently, over the years from industrial sites along the shoreline. Yet, sewage is something that can, and should be fixed -- soon.

Officials say with 80 percent of Sandusky's sewers -- sanitary and storm -- being combined, there's more of a chance for things to overflow.

The last county health department beach tests for E. coli bacteria, listed below, show mostly good results. But a couple weeks ago, after a spate of heavy rain, there were many more poor ratings. It doesn't take much to go from good to bad.

And if fact, it used to be much worse. Prior to the construction of the original Water Pollution Control Plant in 1958, the combined sewers discharged directly into the bay. There have been modifications to help prevent it, but nothing to make sure it doesn't happen.

Sure, strides have been made to remedy the situation, but not nearly enough. Sewage that once was in the pipes of our water system should never enter the Bay. Politicians want to throw money at several "Big Ticket" items for the county, yet we our literally, and purposely, dumping all over what is becoming our No. 1 attraction, the Bay. If we're going to spend that money to attract people and jobs here, why turn around and repel them by using that top attraction as our toilet?

We've got enough concerns with invasive species making their way into Lake Erie. Let's not compound the problem with our own waste.