EIR declared for treatment site | SierraSun.com

EIR declared for treatment site

An Environmental Impact Report will be required before Donner Lake Water Company can continue plans to build a water treatment plant.

Questions regarding the location of the proposed water treatment plant have shed light on new information describing the flood plain potential for Gregory Creek.

To clarify statements made in an earlier article, the presentation given by Community Development Director Tony Lashbrook to Town Council on Sept. 21 regarding the EIR is reprinted below.

The California Environmental Quality Act does not provide for an focused Environmental Impact Report for this type of project. The “project” that will be evaluated in their EIR is the Water Treatment Plant and related facilities such as the intake, pipeline to treatment plant and related grading.

Repairs and improvements to the intake pipelines and storage not related to the treatment plant could occur without an EIR.

Issues to be addressed in the EIR include:

– Flooding and all affiliated issues.

– Impacts identified as potentially significant in initial study, which include cultural, light and glare, biological, air quality, water quality, drainage, runoff and erosion.

– Other issues to be identified through NOP/Scoping process.

– Alternatives, growth inducement and other mandatory sections.

The public will be involved in the EIR with opportunities for review of the drafts and final report.

John Bodany, attorney for Donner Lake Water Company, said an EIR for the location of the treatment plant already exists.

Should the existing EIR meet the standards of the Town, Lashbrook said the Town would be interested in expediting the review where possible.

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