Endangered Species

We had a “PNDI hit,” meaning the state was concerned our septic field would impact an endangered species. But here’s the catch: they won’t tell you what the species is, or where it is! Fortunately, the septic engineer is experienced in this, and told us it was bog turtles. We googled them and found they are 2-3″ long, live in waist-deep muck, and hibernate for five months of the year. Not exactly a tourist draw. So now we have to hire another consultant to write a letter to the DEP saying that bog turtles live in streams, and our septic field is a quarter-mile away on top of a hill, and we aren’t likely to impact them. Another $300 well spent.