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Pine Creek

A short documentary

1. Swimming in the Sound

I swim in the saltwater of Long Island Sound and the creek pictured above on an almost daily basis. Many residents won’t due to historic and contemporary pollution issues. I find the swimming essential to spending time here. Affluent residents obsess over their houses, yards and cars and yet when it comes to the main reason they all live here, the water, they seem to throw their hands up and say, ‘there’s nothing we can do about the water quality.’ Yet everything is pristine in this town…except the water we swim in. It makes no sense for an inspiring community of people dedicated to self-improvement and success to just give up on the best asset the town has.

2. Children playing in the Sound

My nephew came to visit and he loves the water so we spent almost an hour swimming near the beach. It was a beautiful family moment. And yet I had to worry if the water might harm in. This is unacceptable.

3. Pollution in the Sound

At a recent community gathering, there was mention of a current criminal investigation into illegal dumping of toxic waste at the local sanitary landfill which is next to/atop the marshland that feed the creek. This led me to research the history of the marshland and discover how the space has been transformed since the 1950s. It seems the community/government should be allocating funds for rigorous, weekly scientific water quality testing throughout the Pine Creek Marsh area to ensure the water is in pristine condition - and not just in compliance with the minimum guidelines.

4. What can be done?

According to Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, while there is a history of dumping there producing dangerous compounds such as cyanide dating back to the 1940s but their tests are currently inconclusive. More recent tests show fairly conclusive polluting.

Thus, I am considering producing a short documentary on “Pine Creek” in an effort to build community support for regular water testing and the necessary clean up to restore the ecosystem and ensure the children (and adults) of Fairfield can enjoy the water without risk to their health. You know, like back in the good old days, in the 1950s when the water was clean…

If you’re interested in being involved, please get in touch.

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