Environment & Natural Resources Forum
Safe Drinking Water??
On March 14th, League of Women Voters of Sussex County presented a well attended forum on Safe Drinking Water in Sussex County Council Chambers, Georgetown.
The League’s aim was to raise awareness of current well-water contamination and ongoing threats to public health and the environment in Sussex County. Public insistence on the need for long-term solutions is critical as County Council reviews the final draft of the 2018 Sussex County Comprehensive Plan before submitting it to the state for approval.
The forum focused on shortcomings of wastewater and agricultural sludge disposal that lead to continuing pollution of residential wells. A panel of experts discussed the scope of polluted sites, inadequate zoning practices, and the current lack of regulation enforcement which has led to groundwater contamination at sites such as Mountaire Farms in Millsboro.
The speakers and their power point presentations follow:
- John Austin, EPA Expert Chemist and Certified Drinking Water Lab Inspector (ret.), will discuss the toxicity and health impacts of nitrate, why it is regulated, and the wastewater spray and agricultural sludge disposal sites currently contaminating residential wells in Sussex County.
Nitrate in Sussex County Ground Water (Austin)
- Andrea Green, Attorney, and Tony Scarpa, Realtor, co-founders of “Keep Our Wells Clean," will explain the negative environmental impact of the planned Artesian disposal of Allen Harim’s wastewater in Milton and address the recently discovered contamination coming from the operations of Clean Delaware LLC, a septic tank waste disposal company in Milton.
Artesian Northern Sussex Regional Wastewater Recharge Facility & Allen Harim Poultry Processing, Impact on Water (Green)
Clean Delaware, LLC Case Study of Nonpoint Source Pollution (Scarpa)
- Dr. Joseph Kim, Chair of Nanticoke Integrated Health Alliance, will share his medical concerns about the health impacts of water supplies contaminated with Nitrate and describe the various public health initiatives he supports.
Why This Matters, The Health Effects of Contaminated Water (Kim)