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Protect Our Water From Sewage

This time of year I get very excited about the opportunities to take advantage of living so close to the water. Recently, I read that the EPA condemned that Buffalo Sewer Authority for failing to comply with the federal Clean Water Act by not submitting a plan to reduce the amount of sewage and other pollutants in the water of the Niagara River. They said that the 52 sewer points that lead into the Niagara River dump almost four billion gallons of sewage into the water each year.

This was a shock to me and saddens me when I think of my children who want to swim, water ski, and fish. How could we not know this was happening and why is there no plan in place to stop it? Senator Mark Grisanti has introduced legislation in the New York State Senate that would make it against the law to hide a spill or overflow of raw sewage. All operators of sewage treatment plants would be required to report incidents within 24 hours so the public would know. This is important so that preventative measures can be taken to prevent people from mixing with harmful bacteria, toxins, and chemicals. I hope this bill passes.

> Louie Dingeldey, Buffalo

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