This letter is to bring some kind of clarity to the last two paragraphs of the C. Jackson letter published in your paper dated July 24, 2007.
Jackson rambles along, ragging on the town of Discovery Bay instead of pointing to the reason Byron sanitary was mentioned by me at our last meeting. Ms. Jackson conveniently only told half of the story on each and every issue, because to tell the whole story would have vindicated the CSD and made herself look bad.
Take the issue of her comment about Byron not receiving a single fine – that is false.
The fact is that Byron Sanitary District was issued a Time Schedule Order (TSO R5-2005-09000) from the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, which carried enough fines with it to shut down the Byron facility. The control board’s testing showed possible sewage in the ground water around the Byron Sanitary facility.
As a result of this, Byron has had to secure over $3 million, which will have to be repaid by fewer than 200 customers. No wonder Ms. Jackson is sour!
Adding to the groundwater risk, it should be noted that Fisk Creek borders the Byron facility. This is a major concern to us, because Fisk Creek flows directly to Discovery Bay, emptying in at the Tot Lot on Clipper Drive. From there it mixes with Kellogg Creek water and empties in Windward and Light House Bays. The water from Fisk Creek and the ground water surrounding it circulates in all of the creeks, lakes, bays and Indian Slough in the Discovery Bay area.
The town of Discovery Bay has little local control over this problem; therefore, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board should demand that Byron Sanitary District regularly test both the ground water and the Fisk Creek waters for sewer plant contamination. We have no indication that this is happening.
Ms. Jackson also attacked two members of the community that take their time to attend a lot of meetings and have offered constructive comment to the board and community. I guess she felt that by demeaning them she might give validity to her own remarks; however, from what I am hearing, that backfired.