Study: No long-term damage to Clam Bayou from sewage spill
A consultant's study has concluded that the 170-acre Clam Bayou didn't suffer any longterm damage from a 15-million gallon sewage dump after weeks of heavy rains this summer.
Environmental Consulting and Technology Inc. of Gainesville took water samples from the stormwater pond on the edge of the bayou where St. Petersburg dumped the untreated sewage in early August after its sewer system became overloaded with rainwater that seeped through aging pipes.
The study delivered to City Council on Thursday repoted that the sewage moved too quickly through the bayou to have any lasting environmental effect. No signs of human waste were found in tests.
The city dumped more than 31 million gallons of untreated or partially treated sewage in August. Earlier this month, Mayor Rick Kriseman agreed to dedicate $3 million to expedite sewer repairs on the city's roughly 800 miles of sewer lines.