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Old 08-17-2019, 03:26 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by MAXUM View Post
I don't see any problems with the state being forced to take REASONALBE measures to reduce output. Flat out closing the hatchery or imposing unrealistic requirements on them immediately is not the answer. Ideally what should happen is a look at what others have done, cost analysis and putting all the hatcheries on a time driven improvement plan. This would allow for a phased in approach and ease the funding hit to make it happen. I have to believe some federal money is available to offset this
Maxum, this is exactly what is happening. Unfortunately, the key word in your post is also exactly what was needed. They put their heads in the sand for over a decade, all while knowing the problem. They finally had to be forced to start addressing it, and they are still kicking and screaming each step of the way.

The reality is, phosphorus loading happens over time. It builds up in the sediment of the river until the river bed can't take any more, and then it flows downstream. Downstream is Alton Bay, and the river is at capacity now. Even if the phosphorus load was reduced to zero tomorrow, it would take decades for what's already in there to flush out. As you note, the time to start an action plan is now. And most involved recognize that just shutting it down isn't the answer either.

If you need any indication of where things stand,
Marsh Pond is a section of the Merrymeeting River. It's heading your way.
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