VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
It is not often that we can cheer a major win for the Bay. Today is one of those days.
The seeds of this major victory were sewn in 2006, when Save The Bay succeeded in securing the passage of a statewide law requiring property owners with cesspools, which have been outlawed since the 1960s, and living within 200 feet of the Bay to tie into sewer mains or replace them with advanced on-site septic systems by the end of 2012 (subsequently delayed by the Legislature to 2014).
Negative publicity related to repeated and persistent beach closures, and the statewide cesspool phase-out law forced the City to confront this challenge at long last this summer. The City Council, Mayor Scott Avedisian’s administration, and the Warwick Sewer Authority all deserve praise for pushing ahead with a funding solution for a serious pollution problem decades in the making. While much work remains to be done to complete the necessary improvements, this City Council vote ensures the financial resources to move forward.
This success story, like so many of the water quality issues we confront today, highlights the extraordinary complexity of protecting the Bay, as well as the fish, shellfish, birds and marine mammals who call it home. As the environmental challenges have shifted over time, Save The Bay has had to adapt its approach. By focusing on the key barriers and constraints communities face, we’ve been able to identify (and promote) workable solutions.
None of this would be possible without the enthusiastic support, active engagement, and philanthropic generosity of our members, our donors, and our Board. Thank you for being partners in this success. Today is one of those days we can celebrate. is a new day, and there is much to be done.