Letter to the editor 8, Oct. 26, 2017

Environmental issues

Dear Editor,

The run-up to the municipal election is in full swing with some candidates asking what we the citizens want and some others telling us what they have accomplished in the past four years. Most of these candidates have ‘environment issues’ on their list of subjects to discuss with voters: To protect the forests, clean water, to keep the rivers clean etc. etc.

Remember that every day for the past four years, the St. Lazare sewage treatment plant has sent approximately 4 million litres per day of stinking brown water into the Quinchien River, which flows down towards Vaudreuil-Dorion, passes next to the Cité-des-Jeunes school, then discharges into Baie de Vaudreuil. Every day for the past four years when we get a heavy rain, St. Lazare administration sends workers to start large pumps to reduce the level in the sewage pipe line, which is accomplished by sending a significant amount of raw sewage into Descharge St. Lazare, a small creek running past La Belle Province down to Lac des Deux Montagnes.

Then every spring when the sewage pipes are overflowing due to Spring runoff, St. Lazare administration sends these same workers to start large pumps to reduce the level in the sewage pipe line, by sending a significant amount of raw sewage, sometimes for weeks, into Descharge St. Lazare. This fall and next spring the town will excavate and dig out 1 kilometre of Descharge St. Lazare in order to be able to pump even more raw sewage into this creek in the coming years, thereby avoiding having to do anything to increase the flow of sewage to the treatment plant.

Discharging this stinking brown water and raw sewage into river and creeks is most definitely not environmentally friendly. So when a mayor and councillors who were the administrators of St. Lazare for the past four years, talk to citizens about ‘environment issues’ after they have done nothing to resolve these environmental problems, it seems hypocritical.

Liz Rozon

Concerned citizen of St. Lazare

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