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County to monitor well at dump

Nevada County will monitor its well water use at the McCourtney Road Transfer Station to see if it is drawing down domestic wells of neighboring homes.

Some living in the area around the county’s garbage transfer station have long-suspected the facility’s well is taking from theirs as yields decrease toward the end of summer.

“The only way to prove it is to get scientific evidence,” said County Director of Sanitation Mark Miller at today’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

“Water wells are will-o-the-wisps in terms of production,” said Supervisor Nate Beason. Other supervisors pointed out that wells traditionally go down in Nevada County as the summer progresses.

To get the evidence, the board agreed to an $18,000 deal with Holdrege and Kull Consulting Engineers of Nevada County to monitor the wells.

The contract is an addition to the normal water quality monitoring contract the firm does for the county and brings the total cost to $208,000 for the year.

Supervisor Sue Horne voted against the contract amendment, preferring it go out to bid.

Other supervisors and county officials said Holdrege and Kull was already in place to do the job and had information on the area another firm would have to establish.

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