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Campground Proposal Could Ease Pollution

April 6, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

The town of South Hampton, N.H., will not object to a plan that would bring hundreds more campers to the shores of Tuxbury Pond, the town’s water supply, saying proposed sewer upgrades at the site might clean up the water leading to the town’s pumping station, according to The Daily News of Newburyport, Newburyport, Mass.
The plans, which were released to the town’s Planning Board last month, include 211 new sites and 13 already approved sites alongside the Powow River and Tuxbury Pond, a flood plain created by an Amesbury-controlled dam.
Currently the campground, owned by Jason Russo of Tampa, Fla., has 274 lots situated on 78 acres of land in South Hampton and three-quarters of an acre in Amesbury, Mass. A representative for Russo is expected to make a formal presentation before the South Hampton Planning Board.
Abutters have opposed the project, citing the fact that the town’s population already doubles on a busy weekend due to the campground, bringing with it noise, boat traffic, litter and pollution on the small, secluded river. It has also become a regular summer stop for the town’s small police department.
But Robert Desmarais, Amesbury’s director of the Department of Public Works, said the campground’s plan to update their out-of-date septic system could actually benefit the cleanliness of the water the town is drawing from.
Desmarais said the campground’s current septic system is Tuxbury Pond’s biggest pollutant. Such pollutants are removed during the water treatment process.
“The septic system is the largest source of pollution in that lake. I think the expansion will have a net positive impact,” Desmarais said. “There is not much I can do about more people in the lake.”
Amesbury officials will be present at South Hampton’s Planning Board meeting tonight (April 6), but Demarais said unless the expansion plans have changed, the town will not object to the campground’s plan.

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