Pollution in the Norwalk River
The between-the-lines message from Dick Harris, the director of Harbor Watch/River Watch, seems to be that that is exactly what's happening.
Last year, Harris's volunteers tested the Norwalk River. The Stamford Advocate reported:
... 10 sites on the river had a higher average concentration of the bacteria E. coli last year than state guidelines allow. The group tested at 10 locations from Norwalk to Ridgefield on 16 occasions.
Although I'm not sure what exactly the paper is trying to say (did all 10 "locations" have high readings, or did 10 of the 16 tests result in high readings?), the implication is clear -- the Norwalk River is contaminated.
I realize no one should be yelling "stop the presses" at this news. Which tributary of the Sound is not polluted in some way? Nevertheless it's a reminder of how big a job cleaning up the Sound remains.
Which raises the question: Why has the Connecticut DEP decided to stop funding the Norwalk River monitoring?
(This story's a week old, by the way; I missed it then but caught it this morning via Atlantic Coast Watch.)