Scientists claimed the algae bloom in the San Francisco Bay, which killed over 10k fish, was due to climate change. But it's now clear that it is due to the failure of local governments to upgrade the region's antiquated sewage treatment plants. https://t.co/Ov1RklIjPN— Michael Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) September 6, 2022
San Fran stinks to high heaven. A brown algae has taken over the bay, killing fish and making life miserable in the Port-a-John City.
Three years ago, Donald Trump tried to save the city.
The city blew him off.
Now the San Fran Chronicle has reported, "After an unprecedented harmful algae bloom first turned San Francisco Bay a murky brown color and then littered its shores with dead fish, many people assumed it was yet another climate disaster to add to the list, along with extreme drought, wildfires and heat waves.
"While scientists suspect climate change played a role in triggering the bloom, what fueled it is not a mystery. Algae blooms need food to grow, and this one had plenty: nutrients originating in wastewater that the region’s 37 sewage plants pump into the bay.
"In other words — we wouldn’t have this problem without the poop and pee of the Bay Area’s 8 million residents."
I know what readers are thinking. They let people poop and pee in the streets. It flushes down the storm sewers into the bay untreated.
The feds spent a small fortune separating the storm and sewage systems on Dodd Street in Poca, which has 30 homes.
But San Fran's problem is more than that although going Third World downtown certainly does not help.
As I said, three years ago, President Trump tried to do something about San Fran's poo pollution.
On October 3, 2019, AP reported, "The Trump administration ratcheted up its feud with California on Wednesday as the Environmental Protection Agency issued a notice accusing San Francisco of violating the federal Clean Water Act.
"Last month, President Donald Trump warned of a potential violation notice, saying the city was allowing needles and human waste to go through storm drains to the Pacific Ocean — an allegation fervently denied by city officials."
AP also said, "the EPA had identified violations in the city and county wastewater treatment and sewer system, including lack of proper operation and maintenance that has allowed raw and partially-treated sewage to flow onto beaches into the ocean and sometimes into streets and homes.
"The letter alleged that some discharges contained heavy metals and bacteria and said the city hasn’t kept up proper cleaning, inspection and repair schedules for the system nor properly reported or issued public warnings for sewage diversions."
While the media and Democrat spin was this was solely about poop on the streets, the EPA made it clear that the water treatment plants were a problem.
Democrats reacted with bitterness.
On May 19, 2020, the San Fran Chronicle reported, "Trump EPA’s targeting of San Francisco pollution may bring investigation."
The occasionally sober Nancy Pelosi and the occasionally coherent Kamala Harris (then a senator) were among the Democrats demanding to impeach Trump for daring to say San Fran had a sewer problem.
Now we see that once again Trump was right and his critics were wrong.
Let them live in the stinking mess they made.