“We are the ones we have been waiting for” is a line from June Jordan's "Poem to South African Women and was used as a spring board, by Tom Atlee on his blog, (http://tom-atlee.posterous.com/) to his New Years blog post.
His headings, which I am using below, got me to thinking about how our elected officials don’t want to be the “we”.
The Broward County Commission is trying to weasel out of shutting down the pipes that dump “treated” sewage into our ocean in Pompano and Hollywood. Yup, even Kristin and Sue, unbelievable!
The pipe is one of six in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties ordered closed by a 2008 state law, after a campaign by environmentalists who argued the pipes were polluting coral reefs and wasting fresh water.
The law, which set a deadline of 2025, requires wastewater authorities to improve treatment systems so the water can be used for purposes such as irrigating golf courses, watering lawns and recharging underground water supplies.
Broward’s water director says the treated water is clean. I don’t think so; the Reef Rescue people have pictures of greenish brown gunk pouring out of the pipe onto the reef, (see video above right) pictures of red algae bloom, fed by the “nutrients” that survive the treatment, killing the coral, the Reef folks say only the “chunks” have been taken out of the sewage, and they worry about the effect of the pharmaceuticals, pathogens and viruses that survive the current treatment
We are in this mess because of the horribly short sighted actions of past officials, who allowed unrestrained development without providing for land for waste treatment plants. Palm Beach County planned ahead and set aside land for the plants, so shutting down their pipe will be relatively inexpensive, but Broward? Nope.
We are the ones we've been waiting for.
Yup, you; our current officials, no more blaming the past, you have to step up, perhaps be unpopular to people who may have to pay more fees, it has to be done. The population was allowed to surge out of control, western cities were allowed to tap into the ocean sewer pipes instead of handling their own waste. Now you have to make sure our ocean stays clean and our reefs alive.
We are the ones who've been waiting for us.
Right, us. All of us. We may have to pay higher sewage bills, but then, maybe lower water bills. We have to make sure that pipe is shut down or the constant beach closings and dying off of the reefs will ruin our tourist industry, never mind the ecology. We need to be the “we” and make sure our County Officials do the right thing.
“We” must shut down the pipe and use the treated water for watering our landscape. 50% of our drinking water is wasted on our landscape. We would have no water shortage if we did this. Everybody else is doing it, all of Europe is doing it, and all the North East is doing it, but Broward? Nope.
We are the ones our parents were waiting for, to make the world new.
How many times have we heard that we have to fix what our parents ruined? We brought dead Lake Erie back to life; well, now we have to stop polluting the ocean before our grandchildren will have to bring IT back to life. The pipes and treatment plants will have to be done eventually, let’s do it before it is a crisis.
We are the ones who cannot wait any longer...
We need to lay the pipe system and build the better treatment plants and then spray the treated water on our lawns; it is time, beyond time if you look at all the beach closings.
The pipe discharges 32 million gallons of sewage every day from Parkland, Pompano, Deerfield, Coral Springs, Tamarac, Oakland Park, Lauderhill, North Lauderdale, Coconut Creek, Lauderdale Lakes, some of unincorporated Broward and Ft. Lauderdale.
(I’m glad I live in Deerfield Beach, the currents flow south. That’s why Deerfield’s beaches are seldom closed and Hollywood and Pompano’s often are, the excuses given about cat and dog poop being the reasons for the closings is just preposterous.)
“We” cannot wait any longer!!!