First of a series, By Catherine Kozak, CoastalReview.org
With two-dozen oceanfront septic systems compromised by storms so far this year and spilling on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, several have been repaired only to be washed away again.
Nothing good can be said about septic tanks leaking their foul contents on to a public beach. It sounds even worse that it’s within a national seashore on the Outer Banks renowned for its beautiful, clean beaches.
That unfortunate reality illustrates the challenge adapting to rising seas under outmoded policies and a bureaucracy paralyzed by competing interests.