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Environmental group receives grant

Andrew Cristancho
Sierra Sun

Money paid by Squaw Valley Ski Corporation 18 years ago is coming back to help restore a creek that many are concerned about.

For the second time in three months the Friends of Squaw Creek ” a quasi-formal environmental group ” has received thousands of dollars in grant money to fund studies to assess how to make Squaw Creek a healthier body of water.

Last week, in a regular meeting of its directors, the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board approved a $20,000 grant for the organization. Since the stream group lacks the official status needed to manage the grant, the Truckee River Watershed Council will assume financial responsibility for the award.

Back in December, the group was awarded almost $50,000 from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.

The newest grant comes from a $115,000 fund set aside by the California Attorney General from litigation brought against Squaw Valley Ski Corporation in 1991, according to water board Supervising Engineer Chuck Curtis.

The litigation was filed over a diesel fuel spill, near the base of the Red Dog ski lift, said Curtis, reported to the water board on March 5, 1990.