Sunday, July 25, 2010

The nightmare Nyanza lives on

The Feds have studied the mercury contamination of the Sudbury river for years and have come up with a plan to cover with a six inch layer of sand the 84 acres of Reservoir 2 in Framingham. The price tag mentioned at the public meeting was 8 million.

While other options were researched, none seem to completely remove the mercury and in 30 years or more, mercury levels in fish may be low enough to make the fish eatable. Some Town officials don't like the idea of covering the contamination up, as I don't and there is no shortage of resentment towards Ashland and the EPA over the proposals.

If nothing is done, which is an option, the mercury will be there for many decades and the river will be as useless as it it now. I'm submitting an idea that would harness the water for hydro electric use, while removing the contaminated river bottom.

If anyone has an idea or would like to comment, till Aug 26th:
Daniel Keefe, Project Manager, EPA, 5 Post Office Square, Suite 100, Boston, Ma 02109-3912, or fax 617 918 0327 or e-mail


At July 27, 2010 at 11:37 AM , Blogger Framingham resident said...

THis is a nightmare that will haunt us for a very long time. We need to be on top of this, and yet most Framingham residents don't know anything about this. The meeting with the Selectmen the other night did not really paint a good picture of the outcome of this. Let's hope someone has a better idea than what is on the table now. Maybe your idea will be the right one Pillsbury.

At July 27, 2010 at 3:46 PM , Blogger Just wondering said...

8 million price tag? Is that a bill Framingham has to pay? How the hell did we get ourselves into this mess. Tell me more Jim.


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