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Resort at Squaw Creek gets green light

Nick Cruit
Sierra Sun

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunDry summer months a concern for the approved water supply for work at the Resort at Squaw Creek.

OLYMPIC VALLEY ” The Squaw Valley Public Service District Board of Directors unanimously approved the water and sewer service agreement for the Resort at Squaw Creek Thursday night, a pivotal step towards the resort’s second phase of construction.

While Placer County approved the project’s expansion plan in March 2007, a supplemental Environmental Impact Report was deemed necessary to certify a water and sewer agreement for the project’s supply needs.

Now that it has passed, the project’s next step is the completion of well 18-3R, the dedicated well that produces 150 gallons per minute.

Once the well is able to meet supply needs, building permits can be issued pending construction plan approval.

In addition, the agreement must be assigned and recorded against the properties at the resort.

As public comment generally favored the water and sewer agreement, some residents worried how climate change could effect the studies done in the environmental report, especially the summer months effect on total water supply.

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“What happens if the snow does not replenish the aquifer?” asked Margot Garcia, a Squaw Valley Resident and President of the Squaw Valley Mutual Water Company.

In response to comments about the environmental changes, Patrick Angell, of the environmental engineering firm Pacific Municipal Consultants, said it is impossible to foresee what will happen in the future as climate change research is an evolving study.

“The EIR is based on feasible analysis in the time allotted,” Angell said. “it can’t turn over every stone and nuance of the project.”

The project’s only Board objection came from John Moberly, who was not in favor of increasing well capacity to 150 gallons per minute.

“It’s the wrong time to keep adding to our well capacity,” said Moberly, who worries that ongoing research could show the increase in well capacity may be doing damage to the environment.

Despite Moberly’s disagreement, he and all of the other Board members voted in favor of the water and sewer agreement.