Water quality survey to tap values placed on clean recreational water

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  • freddysheddy Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 1:49 p.m.

    The EPA does need to be shut down. But then replaced with an organization that actually protects the environment before problems exist rather than reacts to problems years after they are caused.

  • BH Tremonton, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 12:00 p.m.

    Hopefully Baron Scarpia's comments above are tongue in cheek.

  • pmaier Stansbury, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 10:52 a.m.

    Thirty years the EPA and State Agencies have known that nitrogenous (urine and protein) waste in sewage was not required to be treated under the Clean Water Act, because of a faulty applied water pollution test. This waste, besides exerting an oxygen demand, is also a fertilizer for algae. EPA acknowledged the problems with the test in 1984, but never corrected the test, while Utah State Science Council in 1984 unanimously recommended that the test should be corrected. Their recommendation was rejected by the Governor, claiming it would violate federal policies.
    All this while already in 1978 EPA acknowledged that not only much better sewage treatment (including nitrogenous waste) was available, but actually would be less costly. In spite of all this nothing happened and the test is still not corrected and open water still used as giant urinals by cities, while in some cases sewage treatment plants are designed to treat the wrong waste.
    As long as EPA does not implement the CWA, as so clearly intended and States are using this excuse to avoid implementing their own state water pollution regulations, we simple have to get used at lakes looking green in stead of blue.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 5:59 a.m.

    Once Bachmann shuts down the EPA, this kind of federal interference will restore freedom in this great state!

    Tell me, what brings more economic opportunity to Utah -- free enterprise ... or more job-killng taxes necessary to clean up lakes and rivers? The EPA and environmentalists are just killing this nation!

    Families can swim in their backyard pools or at the local gym or country club! 'nuff said.