Several people have asked me if I think that the septic system at the city park might just need to be replaced rather than face the expense of a sewer hook-up. They asked me because they knew that, after I graduated from college with a BS in Soil Science, I worked for soil engineering firms, specializing in location and design of soil septic systems. They also know that, during my Forest Service career, I spent 35 years studying the soils of our area. And I was on the Park Board for many years.

The answer to their question is: No. I think that the water table level under almost all of the park is too close to the surface to allow adequate breakdown of the sewage. There is insufficient area on the site where suitable conditions might exist. I know that the system fails frequently during events, but I also suspect that it is leaching nitrates into the water table on an almost constant basis. I do not believe that the state would license any new or rebuilt system on this site. I am surprised that the State allows these system failures to continue.

Spring Creek is a very sensitive stream; it supplies the water to the fish hatchery. Wading is prohibited because of concern for water quality. Again, I very strongly doubt that the County or state would allow redevelopment of this field.

I believe that a sewer connection is the only viable alternative for the park and that, without Measure V, such a connection appears to be impossible. Please vote Yes.

Peter Van Susteren

Mount Shasta