Finding out that the Environmental Protection Agency is blaming a Georgia county for violating certain regulations could cause concern for the local government's finances. Cleanup of river pollution can be expensive, and has the potential for putting a significant dent into a county's finances. Finding the funding can be a challenge.
Fortunately, as illustrated by a recent EPA decision, the agency may help fund the cleanup through grants. The county in question received a grant of approximately $204,375 that will fund the majority of the estimated $375,000 it will take to clean up the pollution that is ending up in the St. Marys River. According to reports, human waste from septic tanks is leaking into the river from miles away.
As part of Camden County's efforts to correct the problem, officials will begin with an assessment. More than likely, materials will need to be replaced or repaired in order to stop the leakage. Testing on the river indicated that a bacteria produced by human waste, fecal coliform, is present in the river. This makes it dangerous for fisherman and swimmers on the river. Cleaning up the river is a priority for everyone involved.
River pollution can eventually affect everyone, not just those in immediate danger. Georgia's counties, cities and the state are all invested in keeping the state's waterways clean. Unfortunately, that is sometimes easier said than done. When the EPA steps in and forces the issue, it may be possible to negotiate an agreement in which the agency can help fund the necessary cleanup. Such negotiations may turn out better with the involvement of an environmental attorney.
Source: jacksonville.com, "Camden County gets $204,375 federal grant to stop septic leaks into St. Marys River", Terry Dickson, Nov. 22, 2017