The Big Stink - Invernessers demand funding for new sewage treatment plant
Left: Mary and Angus MacKay showed how they felt about the sewage lagoon’s effect on air quality.
Right: The crowd filled the deck on the ocean side of the Inverness Miners’ Museum.
-by Anne Farries
Stop the stink.
That was the message from Invernessers, who rallied Monday evening, hoping to fend off nasty odors that have wafted for months from an aging sewage treatment plant, leading residents and tourists to wrinkle their noses and close windows in summer heat.
“People are getting sick to their stomach,” organizer Rose Mary MacDonald told the crowd, which gathered at the Inverness Miners’ Museum. “They’re gagging on it. It’s coming into our homes, and it’s because the treatment plant has reached its capacity.”
“We are in a crisis.”
“The government is not listening to the needs of Inverness.”
“We grew so fast over the past five years, and our infrastructure has not been brought up to date.”
“It’s embarrassing to have to explain to tourists what the smell is.”