Environment & Natural Resources Forum
Safe Drinking Water??
A public forum, “Safe Drinking Water? Everyone’s Concern,” will be presented by the League of Women Voters of Sussex County on Wednesday, March 14, 7 to 9 PM, in County Council Chambers, #2 The Circle, Georgetown.
The League’s aim is 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 will focus on shortcomings of wastewater and agricultural sludge disposal that lead to continuing pollution of residential wells. A panel of experts will discuss 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Following the panelists’ presentations, League moderator Carol Jones will facilitate a 45-minute question and answer session.
As a nonpartisan organization, the League of Women Voters encourages informed and active participation in government and seeks to influence public policy through education and advocacy. For more information or to view the speakers’ PowerPoint presentations after the forum, go to www.sussexlwv.org.
For more information, please view the flyer.