Letter to the Editor: Homewood should be good for Tahoe, not developers and Placer Co.
On Dec. 8, 2011, the Ski Area Citizens Coalition released its 11th Annual Ski Area Environmental Report Card. Reviewing 19 resorts in California/Nevada, Homewood came in 19th. As Kaitlin Meese, Sierra Nevada Alliance program assistant stated, while Squaw Valley and Alpine are double diamond environmental resorts (A grade 92.1 percent, and A grade 86.9 percent), Homewood, at a D grade of 56.5 percent, is on the beginner slope of environmental stewardship.
and#8220;Homewood Resort has plans that are expanding development onto undisturbed lands and their development was noted for potentially impacting over twelve species. They are also increasing snowmaking from approximately 20 acres to over 100 acres which draws water from local watershed and uses tremendous amounts of energy. There are other impacts to the environment which are detailed in the report card, such as increasing greenhouse gases.and#8221; This information can be found at http://www.skiareacitizens.com.
The SACC criteria evaluates performance in grading ski areas on their preservation of sensitive lands within the ski resort areas in relation to water conservation and quality, commitment to green programs such as recycling and energy efficiency. This report came out a couple days after the Placer County Board of Supervisors voted to OK the Homewood Resort development project.
I just hope the TRPA takes better stewardship of the Lake Tahoe Basin and votes for what is good for the Lake Tahoe Basin and#8212; not what is good for Placer Countyand#8217;s or developerand#8217;s pockets.