I still love the area. I'm still in love with some of the houses there. But I'm also glad I saw a sign posted on a fence near the reservoir, which made me curious enough to do some research.Signs over the Myrtle Street Bridge warn against eating fish from the Sudbury River, which is polluted with mercury. (Joanne Rathe/ Globe Staff)
The sign ultimately led me to NYANZA.
Some people will try to tell you that Nyanza is perfectly safe now, but I agree with my daughter: capping the site is a far cry from cleaning the site. The fish are contaminated. The fish are toxic. The reservoir is pretty, but poisonous.
Nyanza is still a problem - and Nyanza is BIG. You can't see it from the street because of all the trees, but the capped site is about the size of 11 baseball fields.
I'm glad I didn't buy a house on the water, because its terrible to look at that beautiful water knowing it's hazardous to your health. But I know I'm not safe from toxic waste because I'm a couple of miles upstream from Nyanza.
There is no place in the world that is safe from the deadly chemicals we continue to pour into our environment. A lot of people can't deal with that fact, but I've come to terms with it. The world is still a beautiful and endlessly fascinating place. I hope someone in the future discovers a way to fix what we've done. Trying to understand the world around us is a step in the right direction.