It is with concern that I write regarding the sewage spill that resulted in the closing of local oyster beds due to a broken pipe. Cyrus Buffum, who founded the nonprofit Charleston Waterkeeper, believes that we should all be concerned about our waterways.

Polluted water threatens not only our access to the seafood we in the Lowcountry enjoy, but the livelihood of so many. We need to do something about our aging infrastructure or we will see more damage done to the rivers and coastline we love and depend upon.

We cannot continue to ignore much needed improvements. Instead, we need to spend our tax revenue wisely to maintain and improve our way of life. Repairing our aging wastewater infrastructure cannot wait for the next ecological accident.

Our quality of life depends on action now.

Carol Tempel, Ed.D.

Sprague Street

Charleston