Who is Going to Clean up Millinocket Stream?
MILLINOCKET -- Residents with property along Millinocket Stream are upset. With water levels in the stream at all all-time low, the waterway has become unsightly and odorous.
“It’s real bad,” said John DiCentes. “It’s a dump,” he added. “It stinks.”
Residents, including Mr. DiCentes, say that when people visit, they hate for them to go down by the stream.
Specific complaints include rust-stained mud and water, a “yellow foam” floating upon the water, and oil polluting the stream.
Water levels have receded far from the natural banks of the stream.
“Go down there and try to put one of your boats in the landing,” said Mr. DiCentes. “You can’t do it.”
DiCentes told the town council that he had already filed complaints with the state Department of Environmental Protection.
“I’m not stopping now,” he said. “It’s got to be cleaned up.”
The Millinocket town manager said that the city had already received a call from D.E.P in reference to DiCentes’ complaint.
“This is not something that the D.E.P. is going to do something about at this time,” said Eugene Conlogue.
DiCentes told the Morning Star that he grew up in the area, and has live next to the stream for more than 20 years, and it has never been this bad before.