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Appeal filed over Coldstream well

DARIN OLDE, Sierra Sun

Placer County Board of Supervisors postponed hearing an appeal over a commercial well in Coldstream Canyon Jan. 23, pending review of federal law which governs Truckee River basin water.

Filed by the Mountain Area Preservation Foundation and the State Department of Parks and Recreation, the appeal cites a federal law which may prevent the development of a commercial spring water extraction business on private property in Coldstream Canyon next to Donner Memorial State Park.

“The issues we raised were of concern to the county’s attorney and he asked that the hearing be postponed for two weeks to consider our statement,” said Stefanie Olivieri, spokeswoman for Mountain Area Preservation Foundation.

Submitted by property owner Walter M. Harvey on behalf of the California Cultural Arts Foundation, the commercial spring water extraction business would reside on more than 26 acres surrounded mostly by state park property. According to the conditional use permit, the water, which would be stored in two 20,000-gallon and one 25,000-gallons tank, would be transferred to water trucks and transported to an off-site location for bottling and distribution. The permit allows approximately 5,400 trips through Coldstream Canyon and Donner Memorial State Park per year.

In the appeal proceeding Jan. 23 Olivieri expounded on the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribal Settlement Act, passed by the United States Congress in 1990, which states that “water shall not be diverted from within the Truckee River Basin in California for use in California outside the Truckee River basin.”

The law governs the relationship in water uses between the states of California, Nevada and the Pyramid Paiute Tribe and water purveyors, Olivieri said.

In addition, the law states that water decisions within the Truckee River Basin shall be made by the United States Geological Survey, a condition which Ken Anderson feels has not been met.

A State Parks Resource Ecologist for the Sierra District of California State Parks, Anderson filed the second appeal with Nevada County.

“We do not believe (the County) took into consideration State Parks concerns,” Anderson said, who references 22 specific comments objecting to the Negative Declaration.

The appeal, in part, states the absence of a monitoring and reporting program required by the California Environmental Quality Act, objections to environmental review and disagreements over the environmental impacts.

Placer County’s principal planner in Lake Tahoe, Bill Combs, could not be reached for this report.

The hearing was continued to Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the Placer County at 175 Fulweiler Avenue in Auburn.


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