The ‘great South Yuba hijacking’ |

The ‘great South Yuba hijacking’

The ‘great South Yuba hijacking’

A nod goes to The Union for its Oct. 1 piece on the proposed Royal Gorge development at Donner Summit. I hope local media will continue to recognize the deleterious downstream impacts this proposed development poses to our community and its physical environment.

I recall back in 2001 when bacteria spikes closed portions of the South Yuba during the height of the summer recreational season. The proposed development on Donner Summit could potentially double the effluent that is now being dumped into the South Yuba from a treatment plant that has already logged dozens of violations since 2000.

It doesn’t take a scientist to recognize the environmental implications of a development the scope of Foster-Syme’s Royal Gorge resort on the South Yuba River – and by extension, our downstream community. The myriad ways we recreate on the river comes to mind.

Consider the river’s salmon population, already threatened by dangerously high water temperatures as a result of reduced flows.

And what of the South Yuba as a source of water for thousands of consumers downstream? What of the unrealistic demands that this development will place on an already limited water capacity at Donner Summit – and how this affects our water resources locally?

I was struck by the arrogance of Mike Livak’s statement that “development is going to occur” at Royal Gorge. Such hubris underestimates the power of public will.

Susan Snider

Nevada City

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