I had coffee this morning with my Aunt Connie and it’s always a chore dispelling and back filling all the bad news she consumes. I have to spend a great deal of time on this nonsense, bad news. She is almost 90 and watches a lot of television. In a discussion today about crime she used the mass grave story to illustrate a point.
“Hoax” I said.
“Oh I missed that ” she answers.
This happens with such frequency that I really get worried about these older folks and what they are thinking.
“Stay on the home shopping channel will ya Auntie!”
The Newsletter today in another arch editorial is spreading erroneous information to the public, even raising the spectre of the poor house for those of us under the EPA purview.
The number used in the editorial today of 75 milligrams per liter of nitrogen spilling from the Exeter River( above the falls) into the Squamscott River is incorrect. I read it and it screamed for verification, since it was a number that was being used.
I just spoke to a scientist concerning this matter. The amount of nitrogen at the head of tide in Exeter is about .5 milligram per liter on average.
Will there be a correction made this week , will those that have read today’s editorial get the message?
There is both reactive and non reactive nitrogen. The treatment plants produce the reactive type nitrogen and the amount has to be reduced to save Great Bay.
Great Bay from the mouth of the Squamscott River looking North to Newington, NH.
The science that was used to arrive at the magic number(3 milligrams) was collected over a twenty year period and was studied in a collaborative manner with the EPA, NH DES, and others for five years.
Everyone was in the tent.
Estuaries in other parts of the USA were studied as well to come up with the target number for Great Bay.
The Clean Water Act has been good for America , and for it’s future.
The CWA only addresses point sources, there is no mandate contained in the law to address non point sources and many of those produce the non reactive type of nitrogen.
The parsing of the two types of nitrogen and their effects is ongoing work .
I would not be caught dead in a Town without a professional police force, full time fire department, a complete school system, water & sewer, sidewalks, library, hospital . But hey, that’s me, I prefer a fully functioning community replete with services and their requisite employees.
Living together has economies of scale.
The representative from Brentwood at the Exeter Selectmen meeting last night should have turned out his pockets.
Just for the laughs.