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The Avimor planned community north of Eagle along Highway 55 plans to use Boise City sewage facilities to treat sewage before dumping it into the Boise River. Boise officials have never heard about it.
The GUARDIAN has confirmed Avimor plans to build an “activated sludge” plant in the foothills and clarify raw sewage through a “membrane filter.” The accumulated sludge captured on the filter will be trucked along Highway 55 through Eagle to the Boise plant for
Mark Mason, the regional engineering manager for the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, confirmed the plan Tuesday. Mason said the DEQ has been aware of the Avimor plan “all along.” He noted that a staffer at Avimor told him no agreement has been signed between the developer and Boise City.
Mason called the details of the plan–trucking sludge from preliminary treatment facilities–a common practice.
A spokesman for Team Dave told us “No one in the City knows anything of this. We have checked with public works and the mayor’s office. This is the first we have heard of it.”
Since Mayor Dave Bieter has publicly opposed the Avimor development, we were shocked to hear plans to have Boise treat the outside poop. We certainly hope Team Dave sticks to its anti-sprawl position on this “self contained planned community” which apparently isn’t so self contained.
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