Pioneer Valley Planning Commission sets sights on further reducing greenhouse gas emissions (Outlook 2019 Viewpoint) (MassLive 2/16/19)
In the 1980s, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission took on the formidable challenge of cleaning-up severe pollution in the Pioneer Valley's premiere natural resource, the Connecticut River. A catalyst for action was the relatively new federal water quality standards laid out in the 1972 Clean Water Act but also a New York Times article which branded the Connecticut as the "best landscaped sewer in the country."
Advocacy led to the commonwealth committing funds to undertake a detailed assessment of the Connecticut River's water quality problems which confirmed the source as Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs). Hundreds of CSOs were discharging millions of gallons of raw sewage into the Connecticut River during periods of precipitation or snow melt when the sewage treatment plants lacked sufficient capacity to handle it bypassing the treatment process. (read more)
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