Who says city sewer problems aren't getting addressed? Only the poultry industry claiming to be hen-pecked aga
In a recent letter to the Sun, a spokesperson for the Delmarva poultry industry, Bill Satterfield, claimed that environmental advocates have been "strangely silent" concerning Baltimore City's sewer overflow problems ("If chicken houses are bad for the bay, Baltimore sewer pipes are worse," Sept. 23).
Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, as the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper, my job is focused entirely on stopping pollution from entering Baltimore's waters, and Blue Water Baltimore has been a persistent watchdog over the city's troubled sewer infrastructure since our founding in 2010. We have and will continue to use all tools at our disposal — including legal action — to ensure that the city meet its obligations to reduce stormwater and sewage pollution and achieve water quality standards.
Nobody could claim that the chicken industry is silent, however, as its spokespeople take any opportunity to blame the Chesapeake Bay's woes on anything — the Conowingo Dam, for example — that distracts the public from the 228,000 tons of excess poultry manure that is spread on Eastern Shore farm fields each year.