Good Night Ms. Sandra. I drove past south sound today and I think I saw evidence of people dumping waste into the ocean. It smelt like sewage and was flowing into the ocean. The pipe looked new and I’d never seen it before and I drive past south sound almost daily. Can you inquire about this?
Dear CMR Fan,
Thank you for this question. We recalled seeing this addressed before and reached out the Department of Environment to assist. They responded with the following:
The DoE is aware of the culvert(s) in question. They were installed by the Government several years ago to alleviate inland residential flooding.
Randyke Gardens, an older sub-development, had begun to flood regularly as the land around it was turned from wetland to higher land for newer residential developments. As the Randyke Gardens property owners were financially unable to address the issue and the Government did not wish to see the residents forced from their homes, the Government installed drainage channels from the inland area to South Sound, terminating at the culvert you see (and one or two others). Unfortunately, the issue is one that the Department of Environment cannot address ourselves without the Government engaging and investing in a unified water management plan for South Sound (from The Lakes, or at least the Rugby club, to Old Crewe Road, roughly), the situation will only continue as the wetland continues to be developed. All we can hope is that future developments are able to retain the floodwater on their property and do not add to the outflow load, but, particularly with climate change, there is only so much that deep wells will be able to accommodate.