More than 550 people reside in Juniata Township, and a lot of them depend on private wells to get water. The availability of water is an issue, and the construction of a new campground could shut off water supplies.
The Huntingdon County Planning Commission reviewed the 210-space campground planned for Piney Ridge Road. According to the letter they wrote to Juniata Township Supervisors, they were concerned about the water supply.
“They’re going to have to drill private wells for the campground, and if they’re drawing from the same aquifer that provides well water for surrounding property owners, that’s going to negatively impact the existing people on that aquifer,” said James Lettiere, Huntingdon County planning director.
The new campsite could consume as much as 10,000 gallons of water per day in addition to the water that’s already being used by the township’s other 23 campsites.
“If we have one person, one resident loses water over this, then we’ve went too far,” said Carl Grove, a resident of Juniata Township.
Another concern is the traffic flow along Piney Ridge Road and a 90-degree turn right before the campground’s driveway, which poses danger.
A petition opposing the campsite is being circulated in Juniata Township.
“To me, your taxpaying residents, and your voting residents, they should come above one person trying to make revenue from the campground,” said Grove.
Twenty-five people attended the supervisor’s meeting on October 5, and a following meeting is scheduled for November 9 at 6 p.m.