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Biologist: RV Campground Risk To Sussex County Aquifer

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LEWES, Del. - Love Creek is home to thousands of residents and countless wildlife.

It could also soon see a major overhaul with the proposed Love Creek RV Resort and Campground. Some residents are looking to stop this from happening and say the campground could pollute the area's water supply.

"It's obviously a serious concern when it potentially affects the water of the county," said Bill Baydella, "Stop RV City" coordinator.

"Eventually, we'll be tapping water in the aquifer that flows underneath an 'RV City,'" said Dr. Steve Britz.

A concerned resident, Britz, who lives in Webb's Landing, is also a biologist for the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  For the past two months, he's been conducting his own research, through data on the area from the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Delaware Geological Survey. He says the pollution that would come from the over 600 RVs is just one issue.

"We know the soils are sandy and compactible and unstable," said Britz. "Combined with high ground water, it's going to present problems for heavy vehicles traveling over the soil."

According to his study, Love Creek RV Resort Site Limitations: Flood Risk, Soils and Ground Water, Britz predicts that "since the aquifer in this area is relatively thin and transmissivity is relatively high, the area has the potential for rapid movement of contaminants into Love Creek and Hetty Fisher Glade as well as toward downstream wells that tap the unconfined aquifer."

"The water table is very close to the surface of the ground over a large part of the RV park," said Britz.

A call was made to Jack Lingo Asset Management, who is proposing the campground about Britz' study.

Nick Hammonds, a principal with the company said via phone that "from an independent study, the soil is very well drained on the development site."

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