Residents of Dawson’s Creek, North Carolina, don’t wanna wait for their lives to be over – they want to get the hell out of town before the pipe to the old sewage treatment plant explodes again and fills their town with crap.
The essay is actually a pretty sad tale of a genteel waterside community that expanded too fast, with poor urban planning and an ageing sewer system leading to an ecological crisis.
In the days following the burst pipe, plants and bacteria of the swamp ate up most of the nitrogen and phosphorus that posed an immediate danger to fish and wildlife.
“As populations and sea levels rise and salt corrodes and infiltrates pipes, sewage becomes an ever more pressing issue for coastal communities,” he said. “But legislators here have not just denied but hidden the reports of their scientists on rising seas.”
“Coastal resort towns like this one rely on selling an image,” he continued, “and it is understandable that we prefer the gloss of beauty to the ugliness of fact. But the work ahead means seeing beyond the gloss.”
Abby Morgan could tell you a few things about “seeing beyond the gloss” of Capeside society – if she hadn’t died in a drunken pier fall the night of the big party, that is. Oh Abby. I still miss you.