Originally Posted by bella
This is a good bill and will give even better enforcement to the water
cops... It apparently hasn't hurt the Fla keys. I understand your sentiments. However, It's a start.
Bella, You seem to be correct this hasn't hurt the Fl Keys, but it hasn't helped in any detectable way either. There has been no improvement in the heath of the ecosystem since the NDZ went into effect. The health
of the the reefs
is still in decline and will continue because the problem is the same as the one in the Chesapeake. There are simply too many people on the land dumping their sewage into the water
. In the Chesapeake this includes their food animals
. Advanced treatment can remove most of the nutrients from the sewage water and there are methods of containing agricultural runoff, but it's all expensive and politicians won't get re -elected by raising people's sewer bill $100 per month. A common method of sewage disposal in the keys is injection wells, but the limestone is so porous
that dye tests show that the sewage enters the water column sometimes in less than an hour after it's flushed.
I was a marine
biologist in Florida
in the 80s when some of these NDZ ideas were first batted around. The biologists by enlarge thought these steps were a joke, but the politicians felt like they had to do something to give the appearance of progress. The reason I stated in the beginning of this response that you seemed to be correct, was that the I feel the the NDZ did in fact hurt the keys. The reason is that it distracted the public from the real problem and dealing with the multibillion dollar issue of sewage disposal, not to mention siltation from development. When someone who understands what the real problem is, tries to make their case, the politicians and developers trot out the NDZ and say see we're protecting your reefs
. The press picks that up and soon the developers get to put in more condos and already inadequate sewage treatment systems get to process more sewage. The impact of making the chesapeake an NDZ will be completely undetectable, yet the public will feel better that something is being done. In the meantime condtions in the bay will continue to deteriorate because the real problem wasn't addressed.