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Developer: Love Creek Soils Well-Suited For Development

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LEWES, Del. - From their own environmental study, developers of the Love Creek RV Park and Campground say soils are well-suited for development.

Last night, WMDT spoke to a local biologist, who conducted an environmental study which recommends against using the Love Creek area as an RV park.

The biologist, Dr. Steve Britz found soils to be unstable which may present problems for heavy vehicles.

Nick Hammonds at Jack Lingo Asset Management says the results from their study are consistent with DNREC Statewide Wetland Mapping Project Maps, U.S. Fish and Wildlife National WEtland Inventory and the USDA Soil Survey for Sussex County.

"We've done pretty much everything possible to mitigate the impact on wetlands," said Hammonds. "Specifically, there's 81 percent of the site that is uplands. The soils in those uplands are very well drained and very well suited for development."

Hammonds says the project has been left open until DelDOT submits their traffic impact study.

A portion of an environmental study completed by Environmental Resources, Inc. for Jack Lingo Asset Management was released this to WMDT:

"The results of the on-site wetland delineation study performed by ERI identified wetland areas consistent with the DNREC Statewide Wetland Mapping Project Maps, U.S. Fish & Wildlife National Wetland Inventory and USDA Soil Survey for Sussex County, all of which were referenced in the PLUS comments. 

"Based upon this wetland delineation, over 81 percent of the site is uplands.  A written jurisdictional determination will be obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and DNREC's Wetland and Subaqueous Lands Section prior to construction.  As is a normal circumstance, these requests will be submitted as part of permit applications for development activities proposed in regulated waters or wetlands such as the campground's recreational pier.

"In accordance with the USDA Soil Survey for Sussex County, the soil types mapped on these uplands included the well-drained Downer, Fort Mott, Greenwich, Hammonton, Ingleside, Piney Neck and Rosedale Series and the excessively-drained Evesboro and Henlopen Series.  These soil types are generally described as sandy loam to loam in texture.  Generally as a group soils have deeper depths to local groundwater tables as compared with other less well-drained soil series in the county.  These soil types are some of the most well suited for development within Sussex County.

"Poorly-drained soils on this property include the Broadkill, Longmarsh, Mullica and Manahawkin Series.  The occurrence of these soils is limited to areas delineated as wetlands by ERI.  With the exception of two anticipated road crossing locations, impacts to both State and federally regulated wetlands have been avoided."

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