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Emerald Coast Utilities Authority “Protector of the Environment" Program Proclamation in Escambia County
08/05/2011

                                                                                                                                            

Photo Left to Right: Jim Roberts, ECUA public information officer, Wilson Robertson, Escambia County Commissioner, Kenny Lyons, environmental specialist, and Gabriel Brown, environmental program development specialist.

On Thursday, August 4, 2011,  Escambia County Commissioner Wilson Robertson presented an Escambia County Proclamation to Mr. Gabriel Brown, ECUA environmental program development specialist, proclaiming August 8 through August 14, 2011 as “Protector of the Environment/Fats, Oils, and Grease” Week. Commissioner Robertson said, “It’s appropriate to recognize the value and the accomplishments of the dedicated ECUA employees. The POE/FOG Program will help Escambia County be an environmentally cleaner and safer community for residents to live and work.” Also in attendance, Kenny Lyons and Jim Roberts, public information officer..

The ECUA FOG (Fats, Oils, & Grease) Environmental Education Program is a grease control initiative designed to teach businesses and residents how to decrease or eliminate SSOs (Sanitary Sewer Overflows), and to comply with the Clean Water Act. According to Brown, “Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) is caused by blockages in the sanitary sewer lines. When grease is disposed of in the sewer system it cools, solidifies, and accumulates in the lines restricting flow, just like a clogged artery in a human body.” The ECUA has determined grease is the leading cause of SSOs.