Comment 115315

By NortheastWind (registered) | Posted December 02, 2015 at 15:25:36

In my late teens (30 years ago) I worked for the MOE on their SCOUR Program (Students Cleaning Our Urban Rivers). We were cleaning Red Hill Creek one day, parked in a flood plain near Barton Street when thunderstorms hit and a torrential downpour ensued (what today would be blamed on human caused climate change). The water in the creek began to rise and within 25 minutes, the water was up by 20 feet. When we returned the next day after the water level had returned to normal, there were condoms and woman's hygiene products hanging in the trees like Christmas decorations. Fortunately since then, the combined sewer system has been separated as part of the expressway, so the sanitary flow ends up in the sewage treatment plant where it belongs. This pollution source must have added a lot of "stuff" into the Bay over the years before it was eliminated.

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