Lake Tahoe sewer district begins push for gravel plan |

Lake Tahoe sewer district begins push for gravel plan

The view of the Pine Nuts near where a gravel pit is proposed.
Kurt Hildebrand |

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A proposal to sell gravel to help defray the cost of building a new sewer pond for a Lake Tahoe sewer district may require a rehearing by the Douglas County Planning Commission.

The new plan had yet to be submitted to county planners on Tuesday.

Douglas County planning commissioners approved a permit on Dec. 9, 2013, for a new pond for the Douglas County Sewer Improvement District No. 1, which serves Stateline.

But public outcry, which included an advertising campaign and the equivalent of political signs, prompted the district to delay going before the county commission for permission to sell gravel.

One of the chief objections was the route proposed for trucks to take the gravel to market.

District Board Chairman Mike Bradford announced a revised primary haul route in May made possible by permission from Chris Bentley to use his private land and road.

“He will allow us to use Stockyard Road through private land to bring us to Highway 395,” Bradford said. “This route totally eliminates use of East Valley, Buckeye, Toler and Johnson Lane as a primary route.”

The sewer district is proposing moving up construction of a flood control pond, which could be used to intercept floodwaters along Buckeye Creek, the subject of a series of full-page advertisements appearing in The Record-Courier.

The district has pumped treated effluent over Daggett Summit and down to Carson Valley for years. Three unlined storage ponds were built on the district property in 1992, but had to be abandoned. The district has been sharing a lined Bently pond with the Minden-Gardnerville Sanitation District, but expects to be evicted at some point.

That will depend on when the Minden district requires the additional space.

Both the sewer and flood control ponds would be located on land the sewer district owns in the foothills of the Pine Nut Mountains.

While the new route would avoid most homes, critics question whether trucks would be required to use it.

No matter the route, trucks would have to pass the northern boundary of Grandview Estates off East Valley.