Letter to The News-Herald: Waste Dump February 2021

January 26, 2022

Painesville Township leaders recently entertained a suggestion to cover a former waste dump adjacent to the Grand River with fly ash and other materials removed from the Mentor Marsh.  Let’s hope they reject this idea immediately and review the reasons why this is all wrong.

Why was a trash dump located adjacent to the Grand River in the first place?  Why is fly ash located in the Mentor Marsh?  Why were local companies allowed to create the ponds of industrial waste along Fairport Nursery Road adjacent to the Grand River, across from this site?  Those ponds have been removed, but where to?  And what is the local ecological legacy?  Are we compounding our bad decisions of the past with poor choices for our future?