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SURPRISE: Marin County flushes MORE sewage into the Bay

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, August 27th, 2008 at 6:20 am in Marin County, Pollution, Sewage spills, Wildlife.


Guess what, folks, it’s time again for Marin’s Monthly Sewage Spill Into The Bay!

MORE Marin County sewage has been dumped into the Bay and MORE wild shorebirds, fish and other creatures are probably dying.

** 5 million-plus gallons of sewage is spilled in Southern Marin on Jan. 25 and Jan. 31 …

** 1,500 gallons of raw sewage is spilled at Marin’s San Quentin Prison on Feb. 14 …

** 250 gallons of raw sewage spilled in North Marin on Feb. 18 …

** 6,000 gallons of raw sewage and storm water spilled in San Rafael on Feb. 24 …

**Approximately 12,130 gallons of raw sewage was reportedly spilled into the Bay near Sausalito on Aug. 11, maybe sooner …

Up to 1,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into San Francisco Bay after a pipe broke free at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal

A story by Mark Prado in the Marin Independent Journal on Monday (Aug. 25) reported that Marin County Environmental Health Services staffers posted signs along the Larkspur shoreline to warn people, including those who windsurf in the Bay, after the problem was discovered Monday morning.

The county received word of the spill at 9:45 a.m. after Golden Gate Ferry Officials discovered a 20-foot section of pipe that takes raw sewage from boats onshore had broken away.

According to the Independent Journal story, at least two inspections of the pumping system were conducted in the past year, and it was determined new pipes would be needed, but the pipe broke before work could be done.

“This is something we will look into,” said Bruce Wolfe, executive officer of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay region, which oversees spills. “It’s something that is avoidable. Someone missed a step.”

Ya think?

The score to date:
At least 5,020,880 gallons of sewage have been flushed from the giant Marin County toilet to pollute San Francisco Bay around Marin County since January.

And these are just the sewage spills that we know about.

Kinda makes you wonder what kinds and quantities of toxic spills are gushing into the Bay from the other counties that surround it, doesn’t it? Maybe even as we speak.

When is somebody going to do something to stop these stupid and deadly spills?

We’ve got all these fancy-named control boards in charge of fixing these problems and all they can do is tell us that “Someone missed a step.” Who they think they are, the Mayor of Oakland?

By the way, in case you haven’t already thought about it, I DEFINITELY wouldn’t eat any fish that have been caught in San Francisco Bay. /Gary

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