David E. Steiner

Retired USAF, Teacher, Dad, Grandfather, Curmudgeon

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The New Sewage System

 

There’s been quite a bit of fuss about sewage lately. It’s not my favorite subject. At the WIND we like to joke that sewage is Phil Stern’s bailiwick.

In fact, it concerns all of us, even though, as Phil pointed out in his column last month, there are only 96 customers in the Water District.

Like many other issues, this is a difficult and complex one, and certainly about as basic as you can get. All of us are concerned about pollution and we certainly spend quite a bit of our time and money dealing with sewage, even if we didn’t seem to be affected by this particular vote.

This issue once again reminds us that what Jack Zumwinkel called “the specter of future growth and development,” is not a wraith, but an actuality we cannot avoid. We may dislike it (and many of us do), or we may depend upon it for our livelihood, or we may be ambivalent about it. But however we feel, we are going to have to deal with it eventually.

The sewage issue won’t go away; it will only get worse. In all the valley there isn’t a single stream of surface water fit to drink from. Septic systems and outhouses have been in use for many years and many of them are failing. Anyone who has recently had to put in a new leech field knows how difficult and expensive it is and how much land is now required to meet the codes. Every year those requirements become more complex and expensive.

At the moment the debate is centered around what kind of system, and where it will be placed. Those who stand to bear the greatest burdens are understandably upset about their oxen being gored; nobody likes to be forced to fix something that isn’t broken.

Nevertheless, it’s clear that some parts of this system are indeed broken, and eventually a permanent solution will have to be found.

Dare I breathe the word “incorporation?” There, I’ve said it. Without question, at some time in the not so distant future Allenspark is going to have to incorporate if it is to be eligible for the many sorts of state and federal assistance which it already seems to need. The village is never going to be smaller. It is going to grow and that growth is going to require a mayor and a town council and all the good and terrible things that go with it.

It seems difficult to believe, but the problems we face today with pollution and sewage are a clear message to all of us that growth and the effects of increased land use are not phantoms, but facts. Who would have believed, ten years ago, that we would be talking today about a project in the $500,000 range? And this is just the beginning.

The question is not how difficult is the present, but how can we prepare for the future? Some of us want to live in the past and patch together solutions to today’s problems rather than thinking about building a solid and workable foundation for the future. How much is that attitude going to cost all of us in the long run?

 

 

Columns

© 1985 – 2003, David E. Steiner

Allenspark Wind Columns:

Introduction

Why Allenspark?

Going Riding [August, 1985]

Electricity

Used Cars

Peace and Quiet [1986]

Liberals & Conservatives

Going to the Movies

The Screened Porch

The Beginning of The Season

The Weather

The Hilltop Guild Bazaar

The End of The Season

The Gift of Time

The Beavers

Addresses [1987]

Hiking

Watching the Trees Grow

Postal Rates

Changes in Estes Park

Square Dancing at the Pow Wow

Back to the Hilltop Guild Bazaar

The Solstices

Bird Feeders

Elevators

The Estes Park Hardware Store [1988]

Visitors

Limousine Service

A Memorial Service

A Hummingbird

Garbage

A Hiking Trip

The Estes Park Public Library

Wild Life

Riparian Rights [1989]

Weather

Fences

Commuting

Mountain Friendliness

A Motorcycle Trip

Satellite Television

“Weaving Mountain Memories”

Hotel Rates in the Old Days

The Price of Propane [1990]

The Front Range Almanac

June

Modes of Transportation

Miller Moths

My 50th Column

Modern Conveniences

Rock Climbing

On the Death of Otto Walter, Postmaster

Otto’s Memorial Service

A Big Owl Pot-Luck Dinner

A Whine About Telephone Service [1991]

After the Persian Gulf War

Some Changes in the WIND

The Trip to the Mountains

The Mountains in the Summer

Visitors

Of Dogs, Music, and Children

Muhlenburg County

To My Grandson

The Sale of Longs Peak Inn

World War II  [1992]

Murphy’s Law and the Computer

The South St. Vrain Canyon

“Whiteout”

The Hazards of Volunteering

Crime in Our Valley

Infestations

On the Death of Charles Eagle Plume

Can We All Get Along?

A Partridge in a Pear Tree

Lost Horizon [1993]

Walking

Rumors About a Visit by the Pope

Progress?

More About Fences

Woodpeckers

The Visit of Pope John Paul II

Forest Fires

The New Sewage System

The Snow Pool

The Good Old Days [1994]

The WIND’s 20th Anniversary

The Bunce School

The Shooting Gallery

The Estes Park Museum

Our Government

U.S. West Takes a Hit

The Year of the Hummingbirds

A New “Yield” Sign

Growth in Allenspark

Private Telephones?

The Salvation Army

Creation Science [1995]

Devolutionizing Big Government

Risks

Airports

Fort D.A. Russell

Domestic Terrorism

Old and New

Barney Graves

Life in the Wilderness

What’s In a Name?

Arthur C. Clarke

 

The Estes Park Trail-Gazette Columns:

July 1983

Carpentry

Estes Cone

Johnny Grant

Observations in Estes Park

The Bath House

Waving

The Sutherland’s Ice House

How Old is Charles Eagle Plume?

Dogs

Christmas Trees

Tree Murder

Mountain Driving

Garbage

Mail Boxes

More About Mail Boxes

“Are you related to ....?”

Spring

An Accident

The Wild Cat

A July Reunion

A Visit to Baldpate Inn

Opening Cabins

Summer

The Times, They Have Changed

Death and Transfiguration

The Population Explosion

The March of Time

Faith-Based Social Services

Looking for Pitch

Recent Writings I

Recent Writings II

Recent Writings III

Recent Writings IV

Recent Writings V

Recent Writings VI

 

 

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