What Does Alaskan Fishing Have to Do With Wastewater?

Commercial fishing heritage gives the team in a remote Alaskan village the work ethic needed to keep an older clean-water plant operating smoothly.
What Does Alaskan Fishing Have to Do With Wastewater?
The Petersburg plant team includes, from left, Blake Buotte, plant operator 3; Mike Bell, water operations supervisor; Aaron Greinier, water and wastewater operator 1; Justin Haley, wastewater operations supervisor; and Dennis Jones, wastewater plant operator 1.

Commercial fishing played a big role in the development of Petersburg, Alaska. It also has a lot to do with successful operation of the community’s primary wastewater treatment plant.

“If you’re a fisherman, you have to work hard, and you have to work now,” says Justin Haley,...

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