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Park Service Set to Replace Septic System

HATTERAS ISLAND — The National Park Service is set to begin this winter construction of a new septic system for the Buxton park housing area.

The proposed system would be located out of the flood-prone area. Image: National Park Service

The existing septic drain field occasionally floods during rainstorms and becomes unusable. This action will relocate the current septic system out of the flood-prone area.

Officials signed May 21 a finding of no significant impact, or FONSI, for the project to address problems with flooding of the existing septic drain field across from the Buxton Ranger Station.

In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the park service prepared an environmental assessment to examine alternative actions and environmental effects associated with the proposed project that includes a lift station, drain fields, wastewater systems and associated electrical facilities.

Public areas of the park are not expected to be affected by construction.

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