RECAP OF MAY 20 BOCC MEETING
The first reading of the Proposed Amended Ordinance for VHRs was completed at this meeting. There was no discussion or vote on the matter. The second, and final reading, will be at the BOCC’s June 3rd meeting. The Amended Ordinance should take effect sometime around the 4th of July.
The Board reconsidered the application to create 35 industrial parcels on land zoned for industrial use near the airport. Both Commissioner Nowasad and Commissioner Gardner visited the site to better understand the application. To their credit, and to the credit of Chairman Engles, after hearing an explanation from the applicant on the road in question and a ditch running east to west on the property, the Board voted 5-0 to approve the project.
The Board was provided informative testimony on the water issues facing the Valley. Afterwards the Board unanimously voted to approve the following Resolution:
DECLARATION OF DROUGHT CONDITIONS
WHEREAS, there is a severe drought affecting the entire southwestern United States, including the State of Nevada; and
WHEREAS, the Carson River Water Subconservancy has recognized the severity of this drought and has encouraged its members to participate in an educational awareness campaign; and
WHEREAS, California Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a drought emergency including Alpine and El Dorado Counties; and
WHEREAS, Douglas County shares water resources with Alpine and El Dorado Counties; and
WHEREAS, the Carson River Basin extends approximately 150 miles from eastern California through Douglas County and encompasses about 3,900 square miles; and
WHEREAS, the Carson River is the main source of water recharge for the Carson Valley and is currently experiencing an exceptionally low water flow for this time of the year; and
WHEREAS, the U.S. Geological Survey (“USGS”) has notified Douglas County that the “average” well depth in the Carson Valley is now 260 feet; and
WHEREAS, water is precious resource necessary for the health and safety the citizens of Douglas County; and
WHEREAS, the USGS has notified Douglas County that nitrate plums caused by inadequately maintained septic tanks in the Carson Valley are increasing and pose a threat to the quality of our water; and
WHEREAS, every citizen has a stake in the health of our water resources and to conserve water.
NOW THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Douglas County Board of Commissioners hereby declares:
- We will make every effort to conserve our precious water resources resources and to encourage water conservation.
- We will continue to educate the public on the importance of our water educate the public about water conservation.
- We encourage all municipal purveyors of water, towns, and General Improvement Districts within Douglas County to immediately formulate plans for water conservation and to implement an awareness campaign to help educate the public about water conservation.
- We also encourage private well owners and the customers of municipal water suppliers to support our water conservation efforts and for everyone to voluntarily decrease their water use by at least ten percent.
- We also encourage all political entities and agencies outside of Douglas County to join with us in a spirit of cooperation to conserve our local and regional water resources and to recognize the severity of the conditions confronting all of us.
- We encourage that residents that have septic tanks properly maintain them and have them pumped every four to five years to mitigate the danger of nitrates expanding and threatening our local aquifers.
We are all in this together. Try and conserve water usage any way you can. Talk to your neighbors and get the word out. Help preserve the health and vitality of the most beautiful county in the Great State of Nevada.
Adopted this 20th day of May, 2021
Small Business Saturday Recap
Over the past 5 weeks, I've featured local businesses on my Small Business Saturdays series. It's been my pleasure, as a County Commissioner and local resident, to speak with these small business owners and learn about their contributions to our local communities.
This week, I wanted to give you the opportunity to see some of the businesses we've recently featured. Check out the videos below and make sure to stop in and support them!