Old Saybrook Faces Tough Choices on Septic System Pollution

Buoy marking one sewer outfall in the Pawcatuck River (Credit: Jamie Vaudrey)

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More than 60 percent of the nitrogen load flowing from the Oyster River into Indian Harbor off of Old Saybrook is from septic systems, according to a study by Marine Scientist Jamie Vaudrey from the University of Connecticut. Part of the problem is that the soil in Old Saybrook is poorly suited for filtering nitrogen. There also simply isn’t enough of it to provide sufficient buffering.
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