County hosts stormwater meetings |

County hosts stormwater meetings

While it has been two decades since the last time Genoa had a big flood, it will only be two weeks before Douglas County starts a series of public meetings on stormwater management in Nevada’s first settlement.

A half-dozen meetings across the county are designed to explain to residents how a stormwater management program works and how it will be paid for.

“Public engagement, input and education is essential to the process,” Douglas County Manager Larry Werner said. “The goal will be to get specific information from each individual location and get representation from all the geographic areas in Douglas County.”

The meetings start Sept. 12 at the Genoa Town Hall. All meetings start at 6 p.m.

The Johnson Lane Volunteer Fire Department, the site of flashfloods in 2014 and 2015, will host a meeting on Sept. 13.

Emergency officials say that in a major river flood, the Douglas County Community & Senior Center will be isolated from the rest by high water. A third meeting is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. there.

The following week, Kahle Community Center will be the site of a meeting on Sept. 19. The Topaz Ranch Estates Community Center will host a Sept. 20 meeting.

The last session will be at the Fish Springs Fire Department on Sept. 21.

County commissioners approved a $200,000 contract with House Moran Consulting to produce a plan for a stormwater utility. The last time a stormwater management plan was considered was in 2009.