St. Johns Riverkeeper: Sewage sludge is polluting the river

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St. Johns RiverKeeper Lisa Rinaman

More trouble for the environment:  Puerto Rico doesn’t want its coal ash — South Florida doesn’t want its human waste.  Neither does the St. Johns RiverKeeper want it.

There is a  direct link between excess sewage nutrients and algae growth, and the unwelcome result is apparent in the St. Johns River.

Read the original article at FirstCoast News   here at this link.

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
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St. Johns Riverkeeper: Sewage sludge is polluting the river

She says, the St. Johns River is feeling the toxic impacts of unfair sewage sludge spreading.

Published: 7:29 PM EDT July 29, 2019

JACKSONVILLE, Florida — The St. Johns Riverkeeper organization is leading the local charge against sewage sludge in the river. Sewage sludge is a human waste byproduct that is treated, processed and given the state’s OK to spread on farmland.

The St. Johns Riverkeeper’s concern is not necessarily with the product itself, but “It’s really about the amount and quantity that’s being applied to the land and also how much our land is able to absorb from these different applications.”

1 Comment

  1. Yep that’s exactly why we have catfish with sores on them and blue green algae outbreaks on the St Johns. Unfortunately receiving sludge is a money-making operation. Municipalities should all have the dewatering process so the dried sludge can be sent to a lined landfill. Goodness, the technology has been there since 1985.

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