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Thursday, October 26, 2017
By Eric Granstrom
For, I'm Eric Granstrom. So, I'm checking the news wire and I see this story...Thousands of gallons of raw sewage spilled into the lower Columbia River from Vancouver's treatment plant earlier today. The sewage spilled into the river about a half-mile west of the railroad bridge, which is west of Interstate 5. People are being asked to avoid contact with water in the Columbia River west of the bridge for about two days because of the increase in bacteria. This includes fishing and other water recreation. I understand the necessity of having water available for sewage treatment plants. I understand that, after its treated and scrubbed and filtered, it goes back into the river. But why does it seem to happen at least once a year where a ton of raw sewage spills into our waterways? Is this our over-dependence on computers? Is this human error? Did someone forget to flip a switch or close a valve so that thousands of gallons of raw pooh water end up in our salmon-bearing streams? Seems to me that in 2017 we should be better than this. Especially when on one end, millions are spent on helping salmon. Until next time, Good Fishing!