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Creek questions

Matson Creek flows openly through the middle of our property, with fish making their way downstream, and is a tributary to Wolf Creek. Our house sits below the two proposed development plans off of West Berryhill Drive, and both were mentioned in an article that was published in The Union July 30 titled, “Expansion plans may drive Matson Creek underground.”

One very important permit was left out of the article: a “Streambed Alteration Permit” from the Department of Fish and Game.

If both Sierra Terrace (SCO Planning & Engineering) and Maule Paint and Glass developments were allowed to put pipe in for Matson Creek, what about property owners downstream, where Matson Creek flows through their properties?

Water coming down through a pipe is very different from the natural creek bed and will flow much faster. What about the potential for flooding and soil erosion to those properties and homes? Do these existing homeowners matter in the process? What are the plans for storm drainage? Where will the street storm runoff go, carrying engine oils and other pollutants? Matson Creek?

B. Johnston

Grass Valley

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