Letters To The Editor
Harbor News - 2Jul2009
High Stakes for Wastewater Plans
Over the course of many years and at great expense to the
taxpayers, the Old Saybrook Water Pollution Control
Authority (WPCA) has thoroughly investigated numerous
approaches from the central sewer, community systems, and
hybrids (on and off-site) to totally on-site. Due to the
availability of suitable land only two options proved to be
viable - the central sewer with a discharge to the
Connecticut River and on-site septic systems. Our
recommendation for decentralized on-site solutions is the
most cost effective, satisfies the Connecticut Supreme
Court's directive to remediate pollution, controls unwanted
secondary growth, and is in keeping with the town's Plan of
Conservation and Development. The financial package being
offered involves 25 percent Clean Water Fund grant, 25
percent town funding of in-kind services, and the balance
50 percent low-interest (two-percent) loan over 20 years.
The WPCA has been working extremely hard this spring with
the Connecticut River Area Health District, Connecticut
Department of Environmental Protection, Connecticut
Department of Public Health, and our consultants to
finalize the details to make the Wastewater Management
District (WWMD), with on-site septic system solutions, a
possibility. In addition, the WPCA has been continuing its
outreach program by holding neighborhood public education
sessions tailored to the areas in the WWMD. Starting in
January, with year-round residential areas and finishing up
with summer communities in July, a total of 12 meetings
will have occurred. We have also met with local realtors,
land use commissions, and boards of Finance and Selectmen.
The last scheduled neighborhood meeting will be held for
Saybrook Manor, Plum Bank, and Great Hammock Beach on July
8 at 7 p.m. in the Old Saybrook Middle School. Others are
welcome to attend. Our regular meetings are on the second
and fourth Mondays of the month at the pavilion at Saybrook
Point at 7:30 p.m.
The public hearing for the Decentralized Wastewater
Management Program was held in mid-June and a town meeting
on the WWMD ordinance referendum is scheduled for July 29.
More details and reports on this wastewater issue are also
available at Town Hall, Acton Library; and online at
www.oswpca.org. We hope residents will have availed
thrmselves of one or more of these opportunities in order to
make an informed decision come the referendum on Aug. 11.
The future of the town is at stake.
Robbie Marshall, WPCA Info Specialist
Old Saybrook Water Pollution Control Authority