A Satmar camp for nearly 1,000 girls is being forced to close early by the Ulster County Health Department. Camp Rav Tov located on Cherrytown Road in Kerhonkson will be closed at 5:00PM on Monday, the Daily Freeman is reporting.
The order was made by the Commissioner of the Ulster County Board of Health, Dr. Carol M. Smith.
“The issue is sewerage on the ground, and the camp is expected to be vacated by Monday,” said Dr. Smith. “It’s related to a failing septic system and there are reports that the sewerage leaks are reaching out to the road and leaking onto neighboring properties.”
Smith said she took the extraordinary step of shutting down the camp, which is one of four operated in Ulster County by Camp Rav Tov, of Brooklyn, because raw sewage from the camp’s failing septic system posed a health hazard to campers and the community.
“It’s a failing septic system and the untreated raw sewage is pouring over the surface of the ground, and reports from the town are that it is kind of trickled down into the roadway,” Smith said. She added the system, which has likely been in place for decades, is unable to accommodate the intense use of the camp.
Camp Rav Tov has been plagued by sewer concerns since last year when neighbors say problems with the camp’s leach field began.
At its worst, neighbors say the sewer smell in the summertime is unbearable.
The Department of Environmental Conservation says it has conducted joint monitoring of the camp with the Ulster County Health Department since last year. It said that a problem with Rav Tov’s private sewer system was found last year and is now ongoing due to “inadequate maintenance.”
(Charles Gross – YWN)