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Officials from Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division are overseeing the removal of sewage from a waste water treatment pond at what was once a campground here. Todd Driver of the Lamar County Health Department reported last week state officials are monitoring the work at the campground once known as Jellystone Park and later operated as High Falls Campground. The contaminated pond is located near the High Falls Road exit off I-75. Residents in the area became concerned last month when they saw giant streams of water from the rancid pond being sprayed into the air. Driver explained the pond was used to treat wastewater for years under an old permit. When it fell out of compliance, EPD ordered the park shut down and the owners complied. Now, EPD is overseeing the ground application of the water from the pond to land on the site. Additionally, sewage sludge from the bottom of the pond will be removed to a sludge facility, Driver said. ’We want to assure people that what they are doing is being overseen by qualified personnel. The owners of the property are cooperating with EPD,’ Driver concluded.

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