By Cliff Aichinger
|Water Quality intern, Wyatt, collects a water sample at the Casey Lake inlet.|
Due to sewer back-ups in a number of homes, the City of North St. Paul felt it needed to relieve some of the pressure and excess flow in the sewer interceptor line as it runs through the city. This obviously created quite a stir of concern over public safety. Residents on our Phalen Chain of Lakes and users of the lakes for boating, swimming and fishing were left wondering if it was safe to enter the water.
|As a precaution, Gervais Beach was closed as a result of the upstream sewage by-pass.|
|Heavy spring rains flooded the District office’s rain gardens.
All of this water was able to infiltrate into the ground rather than
flow to the already-swollen Gervais Creek.
The amount of rainfall we had this past June indicates that there needs to be continued effort to eliminate I & I if we are to prevent future contamination issues in our surface waters. We have worked too hard to improve our lakes and streams to have this work reversed by a preventable problem. This calls for individual homeowner action as well as action by our communities to repair and maintain their sanitary pipes and homeowner connections.