Proposed RV park has neighbors concerned about sewage

Created: 04/21/2014 6:34 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

KOB Eyewitness News 4 has recently reported on higher levels of human contaminants in the Animas River. Now there are plans proposed to put a sewage lagoon on property that is bordered by the Animas River and neighbors say, "that stinks."

The land proposed to soon have an RV park is almost eight miles north of Aztec, NM, near Cedar Hill.

The park would have 60 spaces on about nine acres.

But the part that bothers neighbors--- is the sewage lagoon.

The lagoon is necessary for disposal of waste water from the RVs, in an area without a septic sewer.

That lagoon would be less than 500 feet from the Animas River.

“That’s just not right,” said Jim Dahlberg.

Dahlberg lives nearby.

“I think about that lagoon as a big water balloon, that is not filled with water, and it’s going to break someday, it’s going to leak or pop or have some type of overtopping, and when that happens we are going to have a major issue.”

That issue would be potential contamination of drinking water for the city of Aztec and any others downstream.

Mary Girardi is also concerned. 

“The problem would be that the Animas river is so highly polluted that there is a point to where you can’t just keep adding more chlorine...when they reach that point they will be sending out notices to boil your drinking water.”

Neighbors say the lagoon is just the cheapest way for the proposed RV park's owner to handle all the waste water.

“And the cheapest way isn't the safest way for the water, nor is it the  safest way for the people surrounding him,” said Girardi.

It will be up to the New Mexico Environment Department to decide whether the RV park can go through with the sewer lagoon.

Both sides will be at a hearing on Wednesday.

KOB contacted the owner of the land and proposed RV park, KOB was told he had no comment and referred to the projects engineer. Our call to that engineer have not been returned. 

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