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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

July 11, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Water-quality standards: Public has important duty to stay informed

Lynda Mapes gives a thorough assessment of proposed new water-quality thresholds [“Getting tougher on water pollution standards … but will the water really be cleaner?” Local News, July 7].

Contamination measured in the fish we eat turns out to be the canary in this political coal mine. More fish in our diet contributes unhealthful levels of pollutants, and we’re all faced with the need to further modify behavior.

Even though industry is the principal noisemaker in resisting further cleanup progress, stormwater and consumers’ polluting behavior is the elephant in water quality’s living room.

Summer is absolutely the season of pollution. Between lawn chemicals and charity carwashes, the public still doesn’t get the connection between our daily polluting habits and the slippery slope of stormwater that carries it all downhill to the water table.

Outreach efforts continue to lag behind the infrastructure improvements already implemented. An informed and engaged consumer would make the corporate citizens’ compliance Kool-Aid easier to swallow.

Art James, Port Townsend

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