After a month-long investigation into reports of wastewater discharges within the Pine Haven Campground Community near Lincoln in Sussex County, DNREC issued a Notice of Violation (NOV) for wastewater violations to property owner Blue Beach Bungalows DE, LLC and parent company Blue Water Development Corp. of Ocean City, MD.
The notice claims the company for failure to possess appropriate on-site wastewater and disposal system permits as required by Delaware regulations and cited violations beginning on Dec. 9, 2022 for untreated wastewater showing up above septic tanks and cesspool disposal areas within the campground.
A message was sent to the owner of Pine Haven seeking comment.
DNREC’s Division of Water began monitoring the situation at Pine Haven in early December and directed the property owner at that time to take corrective action that included performing frequent pump-outs of the onsite systems and to submit a plan that addressed ongoing violations.
The NOV lists immediate corrective measures and includes other corrective action requirements such as: fencing off impacted areas to prevent public contact with untreated wastewater; daily inspections and reporting of data to DNREC, and establishing a timetable for developing a permanent wastewater solution for Pine Haven residents.