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Board expects input on release into Yuba

Dave Moller
Senior staff writer

Expecting environmental concern about the Yuba River, the Nevada County Supervisors are looking at two ways to improve the Lake Wildwood Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The board voted 4-0 this morning to put the estimated $8.4 million project out to bids, which will be opened March 23. The improvements are needed to meet increased government water standards. Supervisor Robyn Sutherland’s district includes Lake Wildwood, but she was ill and could not make the vote.

The county will now study two possibilities for the plant and that’s where the expected concern is. One scenario would upgrade the plant and dump treated wastewater into Deer Creek.

The second would see plant improvements, but the wastewater would be piped and dumped into the Yuba River just below Englebright Dam. The South Yuba River Citizens League has already opposed that plan.

SYRCL noted in 2004 that the Yuba in that area is famous for its steelhead trout and salmon fishery and is on one of the last remaining west coast streams for the fish to swim from the ocean upriver to spawn.

Once the county studies both alternatives, they will be presented to the public before the board makes a decision. “It will be a room-filler,” said Supervisor John Spencer.

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