Wheels Keep on Turning...Up

I recently mailed more than 350 plastic wagon wheels back to the Mamaroneck plant.

In the continuing series of what I like to call "Beach Lady vs. Big, Arrogant Water Treatment Plant Across the Sound," I recently mailed more than 350 plastic wagon wheels back to the Mamaroneck plant.

You may recall that this water treatment plant dumped millions of these plastic things into the Long Island Sound in March 2011. I am still finding them on the beach. back in November 2011, he said they were unable to access our beaches to clean up.

This is the third delivery of the water filtration devices, totaling about 600, that I have mailed back to Mr. Lauro. Six hundred of anything is a lot. Here is my letter, below and a photo of the contents of the package. I will keep you in the loop when I hear back from Mr. Lauro.

Dear Mr. Lauro,

I am sure you remember me from last year. You wrote back to me in December 2011 about the wagon wheels I have been finding (and sending to you) on West Meadow, Crane Neck and Old Field beaches. You said that you couldn’t access the beach in Old Field, but I thought that was a weak excuse for not cleaning the plastic garbage up. I am enclosing 364 more wagon wheels that I have picked up from the beaches since my last delivery. Obviously the problem still exists and I think you need to come here again, speak to the mayor or Old Field Public Safety or whomever, and do a thorough clean up (Finally!) of our beaches here. For goodness sakes, it’s been a year and a half since the accident. I think the oil leak in the gulf was cleaned up faster than this. Please let me know when you and your crew will be arriving because I can be very helpful in showing you the worst places where the wheels show up. They really turn up after a storm, so maybe you want to plan to come on a day like that. I await your reply, as done everyone who lives in this area. Thank you and I am sure you’ll do the right thing.

Sincerely, Carole Trottere

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Matt June 21, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Looks like packing material from an air stripper (a device used in removing contaminants from water). What did they claim it was? How did it happen?
K. June 21, 2012 at 11:49 PM
They are from a sewage plant. http://www.greendiary.com/entry/trash-collected-from-beach-finds-refuge-in-eyegrabbing-artifact/
Carole Trottere June 21, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Hey Matt, they are media that are supposed to get nitrogen out of the water. The Mamaroneck Water Treatment Plant accidentally released thousands of them in March 2011. But they don't refer to it as an accident. The plastic wagon wheels showed up on LI shores from western Nassau County out to eastern Suffolk beaches.
Carole Trottere June 21, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Yes, thanks K. The Mamaroneck Water Treatment Plant. Just shows how we are all very connected!


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