Maine's Black Point Inn and Migis Lodge Named to National Geographic...
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Scarborough, ME - National Geographic Traveler magazine has named Scarborough, Maine's historic Black Point Inn and South Casco, Maine's Migis Lodge to its first-ever "Stay List." The list, launched as an ... via MaineToday
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#1 Apr 10, 2008
Tim Porta swears that never in his wildest dreams did he think sewage from his Migis Lodge in South Casco would end up in Sebago Lake, the water supply for 200,000 Mainers. Now three-and-a-half years after he and septic tank hauler dumped an estimated 3,000 gallons of kitchen and bathroom waste on a steep slope near the lake, Porta is finally paying the price for his lack of imagination.
Thanks to local protests, Migis will pay $29,000 roughly seven times the fine originally proposed for contaminating Sebago Lake with E. coli bacteria. However, negotiations are still under way with Dave Torres, of Daves Septic Tank Pumping in Naples, who would be fined $14,055 under a revised settlement with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
When Chad Thompson of the Portland Water District investigated an anonymous tip on Nov. 23, 2004, he could hardly believe what he saw and smelled.There was six to eight inches of sludge. It had obviously been dumped down a very steep slope and it definitely smelled bad, Thompson said.It was definitely the most blatant environmental violation Ive witnessed. It was just an amazing amount of raw sewage.
Was there any chance that someone might not realize the sewage would flow down the hill to the lake?
No, Thompson said flatly.That would be ludicrous. Because from the first load you would have just watched it flow down that slope.
Thompson and Mike Clark of DEP tracked the trail of sewage into a forested area, where it entered a stream, went underground, and surfaced again before entering the lake an estimated 1,000 feet from the dump site. Enough sewage made it to the lake so that the sample collected that first day contained an average of 1600 colony forming units (cfu) of E. coli bacteria. Thats compared to a drinking water standard of 0, DEP notes, because contaminated water can cause serious illnesses, especially dangerous to children, which range from diarrhea to neurological illness. More than a week later, samples still contained 150 cfu.
Kitchen and bathroom waste had been dumped on that site, which also was used for leaves and other yard debris, for the 28 years he has owned Migis, Porta admits, and for the 10 years before when his parents owned the lodge.
One of the oldest lodges in Maine, Migis is described ( www.migis.com ) as a luxurious Main Lodge and 31 cottages nestled amid 100 acres of pine forest, stretching along 3,500 feet of Sebago Lake shoreline in southern Maine. Since 1916, it has opened our doors to guests seeking a quiet retreat from the world. That retreat costs about $275-$330 per person per night.
There was considerable outrage in the Lakes Region about the dumping and strong feeling the initial fines proposed were just a slap on the wrist. Casco Town Manager David P. Morton wrote to local legislators,Clearly the act of pumping sewage from tanks and having it flow into Sebago Lake is extremely onerous and offends the sensibilities If this highly offensive transaction goes unchecked, without severe penalty, that will open the door to others to commit such offensive acts, recognizing that there will be little or no retribution.
Yet under the initial consent agreement, which went to the BEP last October, Migis would have paid only $4,022 to the state, plus $1,683 to the water district for remediation and monitoring. Torres would have paid just $3,022 to the state and $1,683 to the water district.
#2 Aug 27, 2016
why is migis lodge still in business if they dumped raw sewage into Sebago lake, the drinking water supply for the town of Portland maine?
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