Study: Wastewater plant harms river

A study commissioned by fly-fishing groups contends the effluent released from Medford’s wastewater treatment plant illegally harms insect life and promotes unwanted algae growth in the Rogue River.

The study says the pollution could harm chinook salmon eggs laid in gravel downstream of the treatment plant near TouVelle State Park.

John MacDiarmid of the Medford-based Rogue Flyfishers Association, one of the study’s sponsors, says the city and the state Department of Environmental Quality should set a schedule for investigating and fixing the problem.

Medford Public Works Manager Cory Crebbin said the plant is operated so the released effluent is “always well within the parameters” of water-quality standards set by the DEQ permit.

— From wire reports

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