Stop dumping sewage into ocean off S....

Stop dumping sewage into ocean off S. Florida by 2025, Senate says

There are 37 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Apr 16, 2008, titled Stop dumping sewage into ocean off S. Florida by 2025, Senate says. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

South Florida will have to stop dumping its treated sewage into the ocean by 2025, under a measure that won unanimous support from the state Senate on Wednesday.

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bubba

Miami, FL

#1 Apr 16, 2008
you idiot's!!! why the wait?
why not start now?
it's not gonna help us twenty years from now
you m-o-r-o-n-s!!!!
there wont be marine life by then!
but thats ok,when people start freaking out about it you'll be the first ones they kill out of spite!!
have a nice day!!!!!
bubba
Reef Fish

United States

#2 Apr 16, 2008
So I only have to endure 17 more years of POOH WATER?

Thanks opposable thumb dudes!
Concerned

Hollywood, FL

#3 Apr 16, 2008
Great, thanks so much for thinking about our beaches, reefs, health, water etc., but why should we have to wait until 2025? Oh I get it now, don't want to upset the parties responsible for the pollution, after all by the time 2025 gets here everything should be dead out there, and it won't matter.
aint it great

Phoenix, AZ

#4 Apr 16, 2008
Did I read this right, a Republican state senator cares about the conditions of the ocean on the east coast? And believes we're in a drought and need to conserve water as a valuable resource?

Will someone help me, I've fallen out of my chair.

This senator is going against the republican platform of anything good for the environment is bad for business, and money comes first.

I've lived in S. FL 16 yrs, been to the beach 5 times in Broward. Know why? Lice, jellyfish, raw sewage, fecal coliform bacteria, rip currents, the beach is eroding, the sand that's left is littered, one big ash tray, crowded, noisy, but besides that...

Since: Feb 07

Manistee, MI

#5 Apr 16, 2008
They'll just start pumping more of it underground into the drinking water supply after 2025.
Boca Del Vista

United States

#6 Apr 16, 2008
bubba wrote:
you idiot's!!! why the wait?
why not start now?
it's not gonna help us twenty years from now
you m-o-r-o-n-s!!!!
there wont be marine life by then!
but thats ok,when people start freaking out about it you'll be the first ones they kill out of spite!!
have a nice day!!!!!
bubba
.....you got it bubba.
maybe they could raise our taxes, too!
Jerkoffs!
clean waters

United States

#7 Apr 16, 2008
Yeah, why wait...and why would you even print an article on this now if you're going to wait until 2025?? How very stupid. No wonder we are all doomed.
MoreThan You

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#8 Apr 16, 2008
While I completely agree with halting the sewage outlets, people have to be realistic. It will take years to design and build the facilities necessary to dispose of the effluent in a friendly way. Lots of new underground piping will have to be laid and new treatment facilities built, the legislature was advised on this issue. The law says that by 2018, 10 years from now, that the effluent going into the ocean must meet the stringent guidelines that will be applied to use the water as irrigation. This will provide time for the new treatment technologies and facilities to be designed and built. The period from 2018 to 2025 will be used to build the underground infrastructure needed to pipe the treated effluent to other locations for irrigation instead of ocean outfalls. You have to find a realistic way to get rid of 300 million gallons per day (about 12,000 average swimming pools worth everyday).
Nobody Listens

Shelton, CT

#9 Apr 16, 2008
I have the solution, but nobody listens..

My plan will find a home for most, if not all, unwanted sludge as well as decrease hurricanes, resolve a portion of the violence and hunger in West Africa, assist with global warming and bring the beginnings of prosperity to an impoverished nation.(Return on investment is immediate) As follows:

(What) Start a forestation project on the West Coast of Africa,(where the vast majority of hurricanes begin their life, due to the high heat, dust storms, and warm Atlantic waters)

(How) Start a sapling project on the abandoned farms throughout the US. Barge all sludge and waste to the West Coast of Africa ahead of the saplings ready for transplant, in an effort to bring some type of fertilization to the desert areas. Train the local people on the techniques of forestry and farming. Build (low level – no potable) desalination plants for use in extracting sea water used to hydrate the saplings upon arrival. Barge saplings along with sludge to prepped planting areas.

(Funding) Countries in the current paths of the hurricanes,(i.e. Grenada, Jamaica, Lesser Antilles, Bahamas, etc), will be solicited for financial assistance, in lieu of their unwillingness or inability, they will be forced to provide transportation and/or labor. African governments in the forestation areas will also be asked to part with the future fertile lands to the workers cultivating them, with the ability to pass the land to their heirs.

It is the solution to all.

Please pass this to any person with the ability to see that it gets to the “powers-to-be” and gets acted on ASAP.

“MANGLER”

Since: Dec 06

Atlanta, GA / Seattle, WA

#10 Apr 16, 2008
Medians and yards are a great outlet for treated water. The grass actually likes the additional nitrates. Yeah, there's a slight odor, but it's no worse than that of well water and it doesn't give the rust stains. St. John's County un North Florida has been reusing it's treated water for these purposes to the point where they are running out of treated water to sell back.
concerned

Arlington, TX

#11 Apr 16, 2008
Mangler wrote:
Medians and yards are a great outlet for treated water. The grass actually likes the additional nitrates. Yeah, there's a slight odor, but it's no worse than that of well water and it doesn't give the rust stains. St. John's County un North Florida has been reusing it's treated water for these purposes to the point where they are running out of treated water to sell back.
I agree. I'd rather have the slight odor on the yard than in the water. I am 43 years old and a native Floridian. When I was a kid and as a teenager I practically lived at the beach and when I'd come out of the water all you would smell was the smell of salt water. The last time I was at the beach a few years ago, I came out of the water and I remember smelling that slight sewage smell. Talk about being grossed out! It's a shame what sometimes passes as progress through history.
justi

Boynton Beach, FL

#12 Apr 16, 2008
17 YEARS FROM NOW? WHO ARE YOU KIDDING? STOP TODAY!
J Manning

United States

#13 Apr 16, 2008
Ok, instead of pumping it into the ocean, we'll now be pumping it into...OUR DRINKING WATER SUPPLY!

Got pharmaceuticals?
J Manning

United States

#14 Apr 16, 2008
Nobody Listens wrote:
I have the solution, but nobody listens..
My plan will find a home for most, if not all, unwanted sludge as well as decrease hurricanes, resolve a portion of the violence and hunger in West Africa, assist with global warming and bring the beginnings of prosperity to an impoverished nation.(Return on investment is immediate) As follows:
(What) Start a forestation project on the West Coast of Africa,(where the vast majority of hurricanes begin their life, due to the high heat, dust storms, and warm Atlantic waters)
(How) Start a sapling project on the abandoned farms throughout the US. Barge all sludge and waste to the West Coast of Africa ahead of the saplings ready for transplant, in an effort to bring some type of fertilization to the desert areas. Train the local people on the techniques of forestry and farming. Build (low level – no potable) desalination plants for use in extracting sea water used to hydrate the saplings upon arrival. Barge saplings along with sludge to prepped planting areas.
(Funding) Countries in the current paths of the hurricanes,(i.e. Grenada, Jamaica, Lesser Antilles, Bahamas, etc), will be solicited for financial assistance, in lieu of their unwillingness or inability, they will be forced to provide transportation and/or labor. African governments in the forestation areas will also be asked to part with the future fertile lands to the workers cultivating them, with the ability to pass the land to their heirs.
It is the solution to all.
Please pass this to any person with the ability to see that it gets to the “powers-to-be” and gets acted on ASAP.
Sounds like a genius idea...only we already reuse the sludge. It's the effluent that is separated from the sludge that is the problem.

Oh yeah, I like the idea of dumping the waste in Africa...how much would it cost to barge it over there? The sludge better be made of GOLD!
SugarCracker

Clewiston, FL

#15 Apr 16, 2008
Mangler wrote:
Medians and yards are a great outlet for treated water. The grass actually likes the additional nitrates. Yeah, there's a slight odor, but it's no worse than that of well water and it doesn't give the rust stains. St. John's County un North Florida has been reusing it's treated water for these purposes to the point where they are running out of treated water to sell back.
Unfortunately, the nitrates, phosphates and other drugs and chemicals in the water will flow right through our sandy South Florida Soils and end up back in our water supply
J Manning

United States

#16 Apr 16, 2008
HEY EVERYONE....WAKE UP. ONCE WE START PUMPING 100% OF OUR TREATED EFFLUENT INTO THE GROUND...UNTREATABLE PHARMACEUTICALS ARE GOING TO MAKE THERE WAY INTO THE SHALLOW BISCAYNE AQUIFER...YES, OUR PRIMARY DRINKING WATER SOURCE. THEN WILL YOU STILL BE COMPLAINING ABOUT THE REEFS, WHERE IT IS STILL VERY MUCH DISPUTED THAT THE OCEAN OUTFALLS ARE CAUSING REEF DEATHS. IT COULD ALSO BE TEMP. CHANGE, UPWELLING, OR OCEAN ACIDIFICATION DUE TO ADDITIONAL DISSOLVED CO2 (CARBONIC ACID) CAUSED BY GLOBAL WARMING.
Oh Please

Plantation, FL

#17 Apr 16, 2008
The Senator probably either received money from the company that is going to get the work to pipe or clean reclaimed water or invested in the companies already.
aint it great wrote:
Did I read this right, a Republican state senator cares about the conditions of the ocean on the east coast? And believes we're in a drought and need to conserve water as a valuable resource?
Will someone help me, I've fallen out of my chair.
This senator is going against the republican platform of anything good for the environment is bad for business, and money comes first.
I've lived in S. FL 16 yrs, been to the beach 5 times in Broward. Know why? Lice, jellyfish, raw sewage, fecal coliform bacteria, rip currents, the beach is eroding, the sand that's left is littered, one big ash tray, crowded, noisy, but besides that...
Oh Please

Plantation, FL

#18 Apr 16, 2008
By the way, there are already plans to use setup reclamation projects West of the Pompano water treatment plants according to information I recently heard.
pie

Boca Raton, FL

#19 Apr 16, 2008
Can we stop by 2009?!?!?!

By 2025 we will all be wearing Hazmat suits
Alonzo Quijana

Phoenix, AZ

#20 Apr 16, 2008
I moved here three years ago and I just assumed that waste water was properly treated and not just dumped into the ocean semi-treated. Wow. What a wake up. I had no idea. This sounds like something out of a developing country. Can't be good for tourism.

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