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The following is a sample of some of the extensive media coverage HBPA has had over the years. For more information on any of these articles or any other publicity on HBPA please contact Ursula Lyons, Public Relations
Algae at Grist Mill Draws Protests" (8/15/88)- Middlesex News
A few months before  the 1988  NPDES Permit is issued to Marlboro's Easterly Wastewater Treatment Plant, HBPA members are asking for year-round treatment of the phosphorus and are hopeful that the State and Federal agencies will hear their request.  Marlboro's Mayor Conary and chemist Mary Durand both deny that the 2.5 million gallons of effluent per day from the treatment plant are contributing to the algal problem. Instead Durand blames the phosphorus -laden sludge pits beside the wastewater plant for Sudbury's problems.

"Cooperation Key to Pond Cleanup"  (Fall, 1989)- Sudbury Town Crier
     After a study of Hop Brook by Whitman & Howard, Inc., Wellesley, revealed that the algal problem in Hop Brook was caused by the excessive nutrients in the discharge from the Marlboro Easterly Treatment Plant, Sudbury and Marlboro  officials agreed to "form a committee to address the situation and take some short term measures such as draining the ponds in the winter to freeze out the plant roots."**   However costs of dredging would be over $2 million  and Marlboro seems unwilling to admit that reducing the phosphorus is feasible and/or a practical, cost-effective solution.
Ed. note:** The most prevalent algal growth, hydrodictyon, is non-rooted!!

Ed. Note: Nearly ten years  and three Marlboro Mayors later the problem still exists and the 1993 NPDES Permit for the MEWWTP  has yet to be issued. Meanwhile HBPA has been working independently to find cost-effective solutions to ways of reducing the phosphorus in the effluent and harvesting the algae and macrophytes in the ponds.

"Trying to Nip Algae in the Bud" (Nov. 1998), Sudbury Town Crier
Review of Annual Meeting of HBPA  in October where Jane Downing from the EPA spoke about the NPDES Permit that has yet to be issued. She called the  'unsightly, smelly algae' the worst in the state and recognized the need to 'push the envelope' with stricter nutrient requirements.
HBPA has been  pressuring the EPA  and DEP to issue the NPDES permit  in the same draft form that came out  in Sept., 1996. EPA seems to agree  with the requests of HBPA but the DEP does not feel that a 0.1mg/l phosphorus requirement is attainable.

" River Odor Surfaces" (July, 2000) Sunday Town Crier in MetroWest Newspaper
Recap of saga over 'how to prevent and cleanup the algae attributed to phosphorus discharge from Marlboro's Easterly Wastewater Treatment Plant. Residents and Wayside innkeeper speak about the problems caused by the excessive nutrients coming into Hop Brook. The NPDS Permit issued  in 1999   has been appealed and the HPBA has filed a Notice of Intent to sue the City of Marlborough for violations of the Clean Water Act.

"Sudbury group rejects Hop Brook deal-Lawsuit looms over Hop Brook"
(Nov. 5, 2000)Metro West  Sunday News (by Marlboro reporter)
HBPA is unhappy with the news that a proposed 'new' NPDES Permit would give Marlboro ' a five year window to upgrade the MEWWTP' Mayor Mauro  and HBPA President Frank Lyons are still not in agreement about the  proposed NPDES Permit requirements.  Negotiations will continue until HBPA  and Marlboro can find no common ground for agreement and HBPA may have to fall back  on its Notice  of Intent to sue the City of Marlboro and the state.

"Brook battle may head to court" (1-14-01) Sunday Town Crier ( by Marlboro reporter)
HBPA  angrily rejected the DEP's proposed NPDES permit as "worse than the EPA (draft) permit of four years ago'. DEP  has reacted  with surprise over the HBPA's vehement objections to the time frame and the 0.2mg/l phosphorus limitation less stringent than the EPA's recommended 0.1mg/l requirement in the 1999 NPDES Permit. Marlboro Mayor Mauro says his proposal is 'final.'