A lack of interest has forced Lower Towamensing Township to rebid a project for its wastewater treatment plant.

Because no bids were received, township solicitor Jim Nanovic said the wastewater treatment plant project will be rebid, and added, "If we still receive no bids, then we negotiate privately."

The plant would provide wastewater treatment services to residents in the Little Gap, Walkton and Aquashicola geographic area, Nanovic previously said.

In September, supervisors agreed to advertise to bid the project, at which time Nanovic said the township was looking for a single entity to provide sewage treatment to the township.

Nanovic also said at that time that it would not be a township plant, but, rather a private plant, and that Blue Mountain Ski Area was eligible to bid on the project.

In July, the Delaware River Basin Commission granted Blue Mountain permission to expand its wastewater treatment plant.

At that time, the DRBC approved the application submitted by Keystone Consulting Engineers, on behalf of Tuthill Corporation, for the renewal of an existing discharge from the ski area wastewater treatment plant.

That approval came as Blue Mountain began preliminary work on its new Summit Splash Water Park, where officials gathered last month for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the new road to usher in the beginning of the construction project.

Scheduled to open in the spring of 2015, the park is expected to create more than 200 full-time jobs. Once completed, Summit Splash will include a giant wave pool, a lazy river, and tubing slides all in a beautiful mountain setting.

The approval means the ski area can now expand the facility from being able to treat and discharge .06 million gallons per day to .28 million gallons per day. The expanded plant will now consist of three communitors/bar screens, a surge tank, five aeration tanks, five clarifiers, four sludge storage tanks, two chlorine contact tanks, and two post aeration tanks.

The wastewater treatment plant will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Aquashicola Creek, within the drainage area of the section of the nontidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters, in Lower Towamensing Township, Carbon County.

The project facilities are not located in the 100-year floodplain.

Waste sludge will continued to be hauled off-site by a licensed hauler for disposal at a state-approved facility.

The overall cost of Blue Mountain's project is estimated to be $1,224,180.

Bog Turtle Study

While no bids were received for that project, the township's board of supervisors did unanimously agree on Tuesday to spend $13,300 for a wetlands delineation/bog turtle study.

Environmental Consultation Services Inc. of Pen Argyl, was awarded the contract.

The Bog Turtle Study will then be sent to the state Department of Environmental Protection for approval.

A Bog Turtle Study is an attempt to determine the presence or probable absence of the species, though it does not provide sufficient data to determine population size or structure.

Last month, supervisors agreed to table awarding a contract for the study after the township received three estimates. Other estimates were submitted by Wildlife Specialists LLC, of Wellsboro ($20,000); and Liberty Environmental Inc. of Reading. ($48,785).