Northern Ky. rural residents concerned that sewage pipeline will disrupt their way of life

08/28/2014 07:03 PM

CAMP SPRINGS — Many people who live in rural farm areas do so because they want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. In doing so, they sacrifice some conveniences and infrastructure that people in the city enjoy. However, residents of one rural community in Northern Kentucky, Camp Springs in Campbell County, are looking at the possibility that infrastructure from neighboring communities invading their tranquil valley.

Sanitation District 1, the agency responsible for the collection and treatment of Northern Kentucky’s wastewater is currently negotiating to obtain easements from property owners for a new sewage pipeline from a new pump station in Silver Grove to an existing station just off the AA Highway in Alexandria.

Sanitation District 1 says the line is needed because, at times, raw sewage backs up in areas of the city after heavy rains.

“Ten percent of the prime agricultural land in Campbell Co. is being threatened by a pipeline,” said Anna Zinkhon, owner of Misty Ridge Farm which is on the proposed pipeline route. “That’s not going to bring any benefit to us but it’s going to challenge our way of life. It’s going to bring sewer smells, it’s going to bring risk of breakage and spillage and we just don’t think that is where it belongs.”

The existing gravity sewer lines send sewage from the area around a circuitous route starting in Silver Grove and continuing through the river communities of Dayton, Bellevue, Newport, Covington, Ludlow, Bromley and out to SD 1’s Dry Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Villa Hills in Kenton County. Along the way, the sewage, especially during heavy rains, causes backups and overflows at different points along the route including Silver Grove.

Sanitation District 1 estimates the projected cost for the overall project is $22 million.

The pump station and force main work should start construction in the summer of 2015. SD1 plans on acquiring easements in early 2015 for the force main which will follow Four Mile Creek in Camp Springs. The sewer improvements along Mary Ingles Highway will likely start construction in late 2015.

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at donald.weber@charter.com.

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