Today’s Editorial July 02: Wastewater gets attention

Concerns about effluent from a proposed dolphinarium harming our marine life have merit, but it is hoped plans are being put in place to take care of waste from the facility.

Dolphin Discovery Cayman is slated to open its doors to the public later this year.

It will be an attraction where visitors can interact with the animals, which some have argued is inhumane.

While there has been much hue and cry over proposed dolphinariums in the Cayman Islands, it appears this one is going to become a reality.

As such, the developers must ensure this country that wastewater and effluent from the facility won’t damage our marine life.

It’s already been reported that the Turtle Farm has been pumping untreated effluent into the Caribbean Sea for many years, but efforts are now under way to see that the practice is stopped.

Turtle Farm management is taking the measure a step further, though, and bringing in experts who can not only stop the dumping of the effluent but come up with ways to undo the damage that has already been done to coral and other marine life.

Now that we are aware of the damage effluent from the Turtle Farm has caused in the sea and the potential for harmful runoff from the dolphinarium we can do something about it.

There are other wastewater problems in the Cayman Islands we must deal with, especially at Mount Trashmore where only God knows what is being washed from that site into our waters.

Members of the Government and the private sector are doing some things to make the Cayman Islands greener, but more needs to be done.

We must address the need to recycle water so that we do not further harm our environment. It is our pristine beaches, clear sea and colourful coral that our visitors come to see. We would hope that our children will inherit an even cleaner Cayman Islands environment.

Dealing with wastewater and runoff water is just one of the things we need to be doing as a country to preserve our paradise. No one else is going to do it for us.

Kudos to the Turtle Farm for finally addressing the wastewater issue and giving us assurances that the dolphinarium, which is being built on property leased from the Turtle Farm, will be environmentally friendly.

Turtle Farm management is taking the measure a step further, though, and bringing in experts who can not only stop the dumping of the effluent but come up with ways to undo the damage that has already been done to coral and other marine life.

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