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Updated Sewage Lagoon Forthcoming in Teller; Currently Going Through Permitting Process

Teller and Brevig Mission
A vista over two of the villages KNOM serves: Teller (in the foreground) and Brevig Mission (faintly visible across the bay), both north of Nome.

The City of Teller could have a new sewage lagoon constructed before the end of this year.

According to the Army Corps of Engineers, they have received one permit application from Bristol Engineering Services Corporation to complete the sewage lagoon project in Teller. Bristol’s application states the Corporation plans to complete construction on the lagoon by October, if their permit is approved.

Mary Romero, a project manager with the Corps, says work can begin once the permitting process is complete:

“And the Corps would have to complete a decision document based on comments that are received and any responses that the applicant might have to provide for those comments. And then address all those comments as well as the environmental impacts that would occur, before a permit could be issued.”

Romero says that construction for this project would involve decommissioning the old sewage lagoon in Teller by filling it, in addition to creating a new separate lagoon:

“So, as far as the Corps of Engineers is concerned, it’s for where fill would be placed for the construction, and the drawings would show there is a berm around a dug lagoon type structure, and then, it would also have a fence around it, with an access road to that new location.”

According to Romero, the Army Corps of Engineer’s role in this project is focused on permitting. The Village Safe Water Program (VSW) is also involved in this project; however, it is unclear how much the project will cost and what amount of funding VSW is providing for the lagoon.

Bill Griffith, facilities manager with VSW, was unavailable for comment before this story aired.

More applications could be submitted to the Corps up until the July 20th public notice deadline. Regardless, however, Romero estimates the permitting for the project will not be issued until at least early August.

PDF download: plans for Teller Honey Bucket Lagoon

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