Thursday, June 04, 2009

WSSC Spills Raw Sewage into Piscataway Creek

PG Politics forwarded us this message about a raw sewage spill by WSSC into a Potomac River tributary. This raises an interesting question: how much pollution is WSSC creating in the Chesapeake Bay?

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From: Kelly Canavan
Date: Thu, Jun 4, 2009 at 1:31 PM
Subject: [PrinceGeorges_Discussion] WSSC saved you a trip to Piscataway; put your foot in your toilet instead.

The AMP Creeks Council
The Accokeek, Mattawoman, Piscataway Creeks Communities Council
301.283.0263 fax
P. O. Box 477, Accokeek, MD 20607

Hello, Elected Representatives, and Friends of The AMP Creeks Council!

Today WSSC spilled 30,500 gallons of raw sewage into Piscataway Creek. (See photo below, taken next to Piscataway Wastewater Treatment Plant.)

On May 11, 2009, WSSC spilled 30,000 gallons of raw sewage into Piscataway Creek.

That's 60,500 gallons minimum so far this year.

In 2008, as documented by WSSC, a minimum total of 7,358,000 gallons of sewage overflowed into Broad Creek/Piscataway.

Since Prince George's County policy makes sustainable farming here nearly impossible anyway, lets cross our fingers and hope for a drought. If the County won't help put food on the table, I don't know if we can depend on them to keep feces out of the water. And when it rains in South County, it frequently pours from WSSC.

The spills were not into drinking water. They were into recreational water that fish swim in. Reconsider fishing in those waters, especially if you plan to eat the fish. Today may not be the day to take the boat out.

Please let us know if you can help tidy up down here.

Thank you, and stay dry!

Kelly Canavan

President, The AMP Creeks Council