Save the Waves Coalition and Chilean
surfer-activists celebrate the withdrawal of a proposed sewage pipeline
in Chile's Surf City.
Chilean regional water company ESSBIO recently announced in
Pichilemu the cancellation of its proposal to build a 1-kilometer waste
pipeline that was to dump the town's sewage just offshore of the main
surfing and recreational beach in downtown Pichilemu.
the Waves Coalition's Josh Berry commented, "Pichilemu is
entirely dependent on surfing and beach tourism for survival. The
original sewage proposal defined Pichilemu as a forestry-based economy,
and completely ignored the importance of healthy, pollution-free
beaches for the local economy. But our community-based activism and the
passion of the local surfers' opposition successfully persuaded
regional and federal government that this project was entirely flawed.
Chilean surfers have won a huge battle against senseless ocean
pollution in Pichilemu."
surfers, fishermen and tourism business leaders led a two-year
battle against the pipeline, insisting on better alternatives that
would efficiently clean the town's waste instead of dumping it into the
ocean. The ESSBIO water company now proposes a cutting-edge tertiary
treatment facility that would introduce potable water into a nearby
waterway to be utilized for
irrigation and the creation of a wetlands.
the Waves Coalition's short film, "Pulp, Poo and Perfection"
features the Pichilemu sewage opposition and highlights the local
environmental movement engaged in direct action. Film director Angel
Marin stated, "This is exactly why we made it: to bring major attention
to the issue and force real change in a problem that has a clear
solution. In this case, the solution is literally clear water."
celebrate the victory over the sewage issue as well as the film release
of Pulp, Poo and Perfection, a party is slated for mid-October in
Santiago. For more information, please visit www.savethewaves.org.
Photo: "Punta de Lobos" a popular surfing spot near Pichilemu.