Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Brook safe for swimming after sewage discharge fix

After four years of water sampling and with the help of a Vermont Watershed Program grant, bacteria levels in the Valley Street Brook in central Springfield have finally reached a safe swimming level.

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9 comments :

  1. Sounds like they finally wiped out the brown trout population. At least out of the Valley Brook. Fishing will never be the same. Now they can dam it and put in a public swimming pool. What a novel idea!

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    1. Forgive my ignorance, if you would be so kind - how does reducing direct sewage release into waterbodies impact brown trout populations? I don't understand your comment and the article makes no mention of fish populations at all. Thanks!

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    2. The term "brown trout" in Springfield, Vermont does not refer to a actual fish. It refers to a “floater”, a close relative of the "sewer bass".

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    3. AKA : The famous "Finless Brown Trout"

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    4. Oh, good lord, well thanks for the laugh! Also winced a bit :) Perhaps we'll start seeing actual fish in Springfield waterways if this work continues to be successful!

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  2. never knew anybody swam in that part of the brook,you'd have to be a stunt person to even get to the brook there,but it makes for a great headline

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    1. In 1938 the brook was dammed, the water treated and the Lions Club donated a slide and thus a "Town" pool was born on Valley Street until 1954.....Springfield used to have some pretty amazing things in the past...such as the "Fair Grounds" not just bustling machine shops....Take a step back in time through Images of America Springfield by Roseanne Putnam...it can be a fascinating adventure of how abundant and beautiful Springfield used to be

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    2. Not to give my age but I remember swimming many times at the pool. It was always crowded with families lining the banks with their blankets and picnic items. They closed it out of pollution concerns. It was then used for an annual fishing derby for many years after that. It was surprising to learn that people were still dumping their sewage into the stream so many years later but *hit happens.

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  3. Dangggg! Off the chart bacteria? What were those people in those couple of homes eating? lol

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