I recently received a reply to my email from Korrin Peterson of the Buzzards Bay Coalition regarding the proposed outfall pipe depositing treated multi-town sewer water into the Cape Cod Canal.

I learned a lot reading her detailed project information. After reading her email, an old proverb came to mind: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Bourne has had its share of environmental disasters. Portions of the town were included as part of a “toxic superfund” site due to the training methods of both the Army and Air Force that poisoned the groundwater and made some Bourne residents’ well water undrinkable. Live-fire lead bullet weapons training was banned because, after decades of firing lead bullets, government officials were told that toxic lead bullets would leach into the groundwater supply. After the ban of lead ammunition, the Army introduced “environmentally safe” tungsten bullets for live-fire weapons training. This second solution also proved hazardous to the drinking water, and the tungsten bullet was also banned for use in Camp Edwards live-fire weapons training.

Knowledge of past environmental impact decisions sends a strong message when considering this proposed sewer water outfall pipe location into the Cape Cod Canal. It is my hope that the final design for this regional wastewater system positions the proposed outfall pipe as far away from populated coastlines as possible. This solution is the “ounce of prevention” I say Bourne residents demand and are due.

Richard W. Conron

Mashnee Road


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