Last Wednesday's visit included a hike across the Oakdale Miami storage basin construction site, where an $88.2 million holding cell is being constructed for sewage overflows Accompanying Butler is project manager David Selhorst, a city engineer. Photo by Amy Voigt/The Blade.
It is one of seven structures - four for combined household sewage and street runoff; three just for the latter - the city is building which will temporarily hold anywhere from 3 to 36 million gallons of raw sewage at a time - long enough for storms to pass so it can be treated instead of fouling rivers and streams that flow out to Lake Erie.
Most of the $2 million in costs are covered by a U.S. EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant, with some funding from the Ohio EPA.
Butler's latest visit to Toledo ended with an overview of the $2 million Wolf Creek wetland under construction. The presentation was led by University of Toledo's Daryl Dwyer, the project's lead researcher. Photo by Amy Voigt/The Blade.
Cynics view these sort of visits by Butler and other state agency heads as campaign stops for their boss, Gov. John Kasich, as he seeks re-election this fall.
That's because they are.
But, in this case, Butler's visit was a reminder of the need to prevent more pollution from occurring in the first place.
That's because cleanups are so costly and complex it is unlikely they will be done during a single administration, Democrat or Republican.