Wasted words not water

Orleans taxpayer since 1983 questions our report
"How can you post such sloppy journalism?"

By Bev Carney

I attended the same wastewater forum as your reporter, Gerald Rogovin, who's editorialized report appeared under "Saturday's wastewater forum--facts, fixes and some finger pointing, 11/16/10."

It may be your policy to print multiple disclaimers but how can you post such sloppy journalism under "editor" when it alters words, paraphrases in quotes, and is dishonestly negligent in coverage?

I didn't once hear the word complacent used by panelists at that forum. There was talk of economic vitality, sanitation, public safety, seasonal flows and discharges, even access to infrastructure funding.

Rogovin may have added all the costs of partial sewering together to get his "range," because the cost of sewering ALL of the Cape was presented at 8 billion dollars.He also seems to have rewritten the Cape's history. Thirty years ago Orleans, with Brewster and Eastham, began negotiating an intermunicipal agreement. In 1990, the Tri-Town District accept septage pump-out. In 1997, it upgraded to add grease treatment while not composting around Namskaket Marsh.

Despite success, regional governmental agencies permitted other facilities to hamper Tri-Towns market driven need for flow and O&M sustainability.

Mrs. Peterson concluded with today's need to bring "well-financed partners to the table or the heritage of Cape Cod is lost."

Dr. House, another panelist said, "use all the tools to meet TMDLs. Recoveries can be quick, but it's 3-5 years after you start to do something."

Well, that ship may have sailed because here in Orleans we've invested land, sweat equity, and recently spent $1.3 million on the Wright-Pierce Plan for WasteWater Management (W-PWWMP).

The W-PWWMP proposes more Orleans taxpayer funding for demolition, construction and partial sewering/remediation using SRF loans. Chatham took advantage of federal stimulus monies, not low interest state loans.

But it's not only money that achieves optimal results. Tri-Town is a true gap mechanism and regional resource to clean water to the fullest extent practical AND possible. It's loss will underscore the pedantic charade that is this ever evolving approach to wastewater management from P-town to Harwich to Yarmouthport.

Either put a fact checker on your staff reporter, ramp up your spin mode, or shed editorial light, not weak heat, to the insanity that saving thousands today will lead to spending millions tomorrow.

Bev Carney
Orleans, MA

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