A poster named Arthur Dent responded angrily in the comments section below today’s editorial about the wastewater reclamation proposal.

He writes:

“the opening of your story is simply false. there are no “contaminated” beaches at Lake Powell, there are no “warnings”, there are no “No Swimming” signs, there are no “unsafe” places to swim, there is no “news release”. The FACTS are here http://www.nps.gov/glca/lpp.htm

If you go to that National Park Service site however you’ll see this:

WHY ACT NOW? Certain areas of the lake are periodically closed to swimming because of bacterial contamination from feces.

And from the American Park Network’s guide for visitors of Lake Powell:

The disposal of human (and pet) waste is a primary problem. Lake water is monitored for bacterial levels and certain areas of the lake may periodically be closed to swimming because of bacterial contamination from feces. These areas are posted with “No Swimming” signs. The water is not safe to drink at any time.

A caller from Utah claims that new regulations have cleaned up the lake. I’ll post any proof.


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