I was very glad to see that the citizens of Mashpee will finally have an opportunity at the Town Meeting this spring to vote on the plan to construct a sewer system in town to remediate the nitrogen pollution problem impacting our waters. I strongly support the town’s plan. I grew up in a shoreline town in Connecticut and lived in that state for most of my life. Long Island Sound has suffered for years from excessive nitrogen pollution from septic systems in shoreline communities in Connecticut and the North Shore of Long Island. Beach closures, algae blooms, hypoxia and fish kills are common summertime events along Long Island Sound. Signs warning the public not to harvest or consume shellfish from the waters of Long Island Sound are often posted at Connecticut beaches. In many situations, only costly enforcement actions by Connecticut DEP, EPA Region 1 and citizen groups forced Connecticut towns to address this environmental disaster. I fear that this is the future for Mashpee unless immediate action is taken by the town and its citizens to eliminate this source of pollution.
John M. Looney Jr.