Waste material not spread on property

I would like to respond to a letter recently printed in the newspaper from Columbus resident Mr. Benjamin Knepper, which criticizes plans for the construction of a multi-use recreational trail in the southern portion of Delaware County. Though Mr. Knepper is certainly welcome to his opinion of the project, there were statements in his letter that are incorrect.

He asserted that “waste material from their (Delaware County’s) sewage treatment process is routinely spread” on some of the land that would be utilized for the trail’s construction. The last time that Biosolids were distributed on this parcel of land as fertilizer was in 2007 and there are no plans to resume that practice.

The County maintains this property as a buffer between our treatment plant and the stream corridor. There is no “dumping” occurring on the property, as Mr. Knepper also asserts. It is maintained in its natural state.

If anyone would like to review our policies, practices and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s annual reports, which assess the success of our operations, please visit our website at http://www.co.delaware.oh.us/sanitary/newweb/index.asp, or call our department at 740-833-2240.

— Michael Frommer, P.E.

Executive Director

Delaware County Regional Sewer District