When I lived in Wisconsin, whenever a big rain of about 1 1/2 inches or more would hit the Milwaukee area MMSD, which is the local sewerage district, would have to release 10's of millions gallons or much more of untreated sewage- poop and whatever else comes to the sewerage district. They would then dump the poop and other bodily fluids into the local rivers and Lake Michigan. Sometimes beaches would have to be closed because of increased bacteria levels in the lakes, which was caused in large part with poop and urine in the water. There would be the customary small article in the newspaper, but really nothing big and it certainly was not national news.
With the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it is national news, which it should be. But so far, only 1 beach has been closed and it is reported at the top of Drudge's web page. There is a lot of speculation about the damages and long term effects of the oil spill and it also news that BP cannot stop the leak despite all the technology we have. This is news and I get that.
But if we are going to have wall to wall coverage about some oil, why can't we get more coverage when it rains in Milwaukee and you have a bunch of poop logs floating down the river to Lake Michigan and having such nasty effects like closing down many more beaches than in the Gulf? Both are very gross and harmful.
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