Possible Solution to Smelly Problem
The Bernard family said the discharge made their land smelly, marshy and hard to sell. From a distance, their land looks like a pleasant field. But, up close, you can see and smell runoff from the nearby lagoon.
"Oh, it smells" said Bob Bernard. "Sometimes, it smells really bad."
The lagoon holds sewage from the Bernards' next-door neighbors, the 20-home subdivision called Lake Breeze Estates.
"It's been here since 2000," added Bob Bernard. "But, it didn't get bad until a few years ago."
The Department of Natural Resources approved the developer's wasterwater treatment permit eight years ago, because DNR said it's legal discharge and not polluted according to state standards.
"It was an allowed permit," said Paul Dickerson, DNR environmental specialist. "But, the Bernards were not listed as the downstream owners."
The Bernards don't care if it's permitted, they want the runoff off their property. They first complained to their state representative back in 2004.
"Deep down, I know it's probably wrong," admitted Republican Rep. Danielle Moore of Fulton. "But, also it can't have an immediate solution."
Lake Breeze developer Kevin Pace applied last month for a DNR permit to reroute the runoff. He also promised the Bernards a solution in the next few months.