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Jeffrey Turner stands on a concrete overlook above Corpus Christi Bay. Water laps gently below him, and shorebirds circle overhead. Nearby, a fishing pier recently rebuilt at a cost of $7.5 million gleams in the bright sunlight. Amid this idyllic scene, the marine biologist points to a spot just below his feet and says, “It is always leaking human waste from here.” He’s talking about the Louisiana Parkway Outfall, a subterranean canal that runs deep under Corpus Christi and flows into the bay at Cole Park, just south of downtown. It’s one end of the line for an arterial network of storm drains, pipes, and culverts intended to drain excess rainwater from the city’s streets. This system wasn’t meant to discharge human feces, but it does,…
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