|Outfall pipe off Hollywood Beach. The sewer lines would have MUCH WORSE stuff coming out. This photo is of partially treated waste.|
In 2008 I reported that there was over $5.5 Billion dollars of unfunded infrastructure at the Water & Sewer Department. I asked in my blog: Does anyone give a crap? Apparently no one in Miami Dade County has given a crap in the past 4 years but now the Environmental Protection Agency is concerned. According to the Miami Herald the EPA is demanding that the County repair sewer pipes that EPA fears will rupture and pollute our fragile Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve.
My question would be, why would the Fed's care more than our own County? The County Commission cares more about pit bulls, trashing DERM and Secure Wrap contracts than about their biggest economic engine: Biscayne Bay. It is not like they don't know. The Herald says, "Miami-Dade has suffered at least three major sewer pipe breaks the past three years, and a recent internal report shows that three sections of 54-inch pipe under the bay, leading to the Virginia Key water treatment plant, are so brittle they could rupture at any time." And, if they read my blog they would have known in 2008 about the $5.5 billion of unfunded infrastructure at Water & Sewer and they could have been addressing the short-fall all these years.
Also check out 2 columns in the Miami Herald today:
Daniel Shoer Roth's Beware of the Amnesia Epidemic in County Government. Shoer Roth says:
"The scandalous revelation of the stockpiled cars reflects the root of the county’s decadence: our local government’s evasion of accountability and gross fiscal mismanagement. It also serves to illustrate the shortsightedness of commissioners and administrators, who missed the opportunity to save for a rainy day during the period of economic growth from the real estate bonanza. On the contrary, they squandered funds on monumental works and, in this case, a fleet of unneeded vehicles that they forgot about."
Joy Reid's Column The Gospel of Selfishness where she rags on Paul Ryan and other members of Congress:
"It’s unpleasant enough to watch congenitally wealthy members of Congress beat the drum on behalf of their own social class, carrying the banner of “austerity for thee, largesse for me.” Worse, though, is the attempt by the Ryans of the world to lard their quest to kick down every 20th century pillar of class mobility with the sweetening agents of pious religiosity."