Sewage system overflows taint the landscape

In one watershed of northeastern Pennsylvania, a municipal water-treatment plant discharges cleaned water into a stream (the Little Nescopeck Creek) which is dead because of acid mine drainage. More than 30 square miles of old underground anthracite coal tunnels send poisoned water into the Jeddo Tunnel, which then discharges the mess (and has for a century) into Little Nescopeck. In turn, that stream joins Nescopeck Creek. In turn, that stream, now dead, joins the Susquehanna River. And, in turn, that river provides much of the freshwater entering Chesapeake Bay. Yes, we all live downstream. And in municipality after municipality, it seems, people continue to forget that lesson as this article makes clear.


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