In the Town of Highland, Sullivan County, New York, Northgate Resorts is proposing to overhaul the former Kittatinny Campground with an operation they call Camp FIMFO. The proposal would transform most of the existing low impact tent camp sites to RV sites, cabins or glamping structures with water, sewage and/or electric hook ups; adding a mountain roller coaster, water slides, a swimming pool, mini golf, more parking, more septic systems, as well as replacing some of the old existing buildings with new.
According to one official on the Upper Delaware Council, this is the largest development project ever to come to the region.
Overall, the true scale and impacts of the project are being masked by a lack of information. It also seems clear that if Northgate gets to have its way, we will be seeing more theme-park-like operations of this kind invading our Upper Delaware region and magnifying the harm.
Holding tanks from an old landfill - the Barnes Landfill, has been discovered to have leaked tens and thousands of gallons of leachate to surrounding streams:
Some basic facts:
The site is ~223 acres and has many areas of wooded steep slopes and fronts along the Delaware River.
The Beaver Brook flows through the central portion of the site.
Much of the project site is located within the 100-year and 500-year floodplains.
Of the 342 campsites that exist currently, only 56 will remain tent campsites. The rest will be turned into sites for RVs including with water and sewer hookups, permanent cabins, or sites with constructed glamping pods or safari type tents.
Delaware Riverkeeper Network is working with the community fully assess and question what is being proposed.
River Reporter, Camp FIMFO Q&A
River Reporter, Creating Camp FIMFO
River Reporter, FIMFO and the Environment
River Reporter, Corralling Camp FIMFO
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