Plan debated for LWW treatment |

Plan debated for LWW treatment

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 Tuesday 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.

The county will now study two possibilities for the plant. 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 through Englebright Dam. Although the discharged water would be treated, the South Yuba River Citizens League has already opposed the pipe plan, fearing it would change water temperatures and harm fish.

SYRCL noted in 2004 that the Yuba River is famous for its steelhead trout and salmon fishery in that area and is one of the last remaining west coast streams that fish 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. Whichever alternative is selected, the plan is expected to almost triple the $315 per year sewer bill for Lake Wildwood residents. Construction is slated to begin late this spring or early this summer.

“It will be a room-filler,” Supervisor John Spencer said.

County consultant Dan Rich of Ecologic Engineering recommended the 5-mile-long pipeline to the dam in 2004, a plan the county embraced then because of potential cost savings. Rich also said that Yuba River plan could dilute plant discharge better than Deer Creek, and avoid toxicity in the smaller stream.

Supervisor Robyn Sutherland’s district includes Lake Wildwood, but she was ill and could not make the vote.

In other treatment plant matters, the supervisors loaned the Cascade Shores Improvement Fund $150,000 to keep the repair and rebuilding project going at the subdivision’s wastewater treatment plant, which was shut down by a slide last May.

The county has been awarded almost $500,000 in government grants for the $3.1 million project. Another grant of almost $2 million is expected and the county is asking for another $670,000 in bank loan funds. Supervisors Chairman Nate Beason said it was remarkable that the county was having to spend $3 million on a plant that only serves 87 buildings.


To contact senior staff writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call 477-4237.

Nevada County supervisors approved a flexible plan for future county building needs Tuesday that will allow departments to seek new space on a yearly basis.

The plan has a list of projects, but none of them are in stone, according to Steve Monaghan, chief information officer for the county Information and General Services Department. On the wish list are:

• A replacement of the exterior of the Rood Administrative Center.

• A 22,000 square foot addition to the Wayne Brown Correction Facility.

• An upgrade of the cooling and heating units for the Rood and Wayne Brown buildings, with the possibility of a plant between the two to service both.

• Purchasing 15 acres for a new Department of Transportation yard.

• A 20,000 square-foot facility for the Sheriff’s administration.

• Obtaining a 55,000 square-foot facility for Human Services.

Monaghan said there will be a workshop this year to look at the proposed projects and alternatives.

– Dave Moller

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